The Palo Alto High girls golf team completed a successful round at the Laguna Seca Ranch Club on Tuesday the same way it's been playing all year. The Vikings rely on steady play from their entire lineup.
"The girls were watching, figuring out what we would need to win," Paly coach Doyle Knight said. "As the next group of players came in they would wait intensely to see the scores posted and updated."
The Vikings became the first public school to win a second CCS title, and their first since 2013 (391-395 over St. Francis). Menlo-Atherton, in 2002, is the only other public school with a title.
"Our two freshmen (Madison Pineda and Marina Mata) were key this year," Knight said. "We lost six seniors from last year's team and to have freshmen come in to fill those spots was big. They were very poised for the situation they were in. "
Palo Alto, St. Francis and Valley Christian advance to the NorCal tournament to be held Monday at Sierra View CC in Roseville.
Castilleja's Divya Tadimeti and Menlo's Sophie Siminoff also advance as individuals.
Tadimenti shot a 72, placing second behind medalist Sabrina Iqbal of Pioneer, who shot a 69. Siminoff tied for fourth with Palo Alto's Stephanie Yu and Valley Christian’s Quynn Duong with a 74.
Paly's Priya Bakshi finished in a tie for seventh, shooting a 75, Menlo's Gianna Inguagiato shot a 76, tying her for 12th, Castilleja's Nia Layton was 18th with a 77 and Gunn's Lydia Tsai was 23rd with a 78.
Castilleja finished sixth with a team score of 422. Harker was fourth (411) and Evergreen Valley (412) fifth. Menlo was seventh at 431.
Marina Mata and Katherine Sung followed Yu and Bakshi, each shooting a 79 for a tie for 28th. Madison Pineda turned in an 84. Jasmine Choi also played.
Palo Alto went undefeated in dual meets and has now won three team titles in three tournaments.