Prep report: Castilleja golfers drive past Menlo, Harker

Castilleja celebrates WBAL regular-season title and Senior Day. Photo by Xiazhen Wang.

Castilleja needed every golfer to do exactly what she did Monday to give the Gators a pair of victories on the final day of the West Bay Athletic League regular season and the league title.

The three-way match with Harker and Menlo School wrote a perfect finish as all three teams entered the day with a chance to earn at least a share of the regular-season title. Castilleja earned a 201-204 victory over Harker and a 201-223 win over Menlo at a match played on the Stanford Golf Course.

The match was also a perfect prelude to the WBAL tournament that gets underway Wednesday morning at Sunnyvale Muni, with team and individual berths in the Central Coast Section tournament at stake.

Castilleja (13-1) reversed a two-stroke loss to Harker (12-2) from earlier in the season to win by three. The top four Gators came in with scores between 38 and 41 but it was senior co-captain Anika Tse who provided the inspiration on Senior Day.

The seniors from all three schools were recognized and honored after the match.

One of the earliest finishers, Tse hit a picture-perfect tee shot on her final hole (No. 11) and her approach landed 15 feet from the cup. Her birdie putt came up an inch short and she had a tap-in for the par.

"It was a nice finish to her four years of golf at Casti," Castilleja coach Donn Levine said. "It's hard to say that any one person was responsible for the victory as it was really a team effort."

Harker sophomore Katelyn Vo was the medalist of the day with a 34.

WBAL scoring leader Niav Layton (38), Divya Tadimeti (38), and Alyssa Sales (41) played their usual steady games and freshman Kelly Yu (39) contributed to the strong Gator finish. She made up a lot of shots, parring the last five holes after Harker jumped into an early lead.

Senior Sophie Siminoff, headed to Princeton in the fall, led Menlo (11-3) with a 38.

Girls tennis

Harker beat Castilleja, 5-2, in a WBAL Foothill Division match Monday at the Santa Clara Tennis Center.

Castilleja's No. 2 singles player Tobey Solomon recovered from a first set loss to win her match, 3-6, 7-5, 10-8. No. 1 Becca Row had an easier time of it, earning a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

The Gators (9-8, 2-3) play at Menlo School on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. while Harker (6-2, 6-2) plays at Sacred Heart Prep at 3:45 p.m., also Tuesday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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