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Marina edges Huntington beach to remain in tie for first in Sunset League
The Marina girls golf team stumbled through the first few weeks of the season, Coach Jim Morris said, but the Vikings are finally getting it together at the time it matters most - when league championships are decided.
Angela Wu, Brittney Do and Brianna Byerley all broke 40 on Thursday at Meadowlark Golf Club to help Marina edge Huntington Beach, 210-216, and sweep its season series with the rival Oilers.
The result puts the No. 7 Oilers (5-4, 4-1) and Vikings (9-2, 4-1) in a tie for first in the Sunset League.
“But we have a couple tough matches coming up against some decent teams,” Morris said.
Marina will travel to Big Canyon Country Club to play Newport Harbor on Oct. 13 and then close out the regular season on Los Alamitos’ home course, Old Ranch Country Club, on Oct. 15.
“I am hopefully optimistic,” Morris said. “We will have to see.”
Abby Cahill led Huntington Beach on Thursday with a 1-under-par 35 to earn medalist honors. Do finished three strokes back, carding a 38 for the Vikings while her teammates Wu and Byerley each shot a 39.
“We started out (the season) kind of rough, but we are capable of going under 200 on a good day,” Morris said. “Right now, we are playing a lot better than we have. Overall, we have had a good week.”
On Tuesday, Marina shot a 201 in an 18-stroke victory against Los Alamitos. That was the second lowest score posted in the history of the Vikings’ girls golf team, and the lowest posted in more than a decade. Wu and Do led Marina in that match, firing a 2-over-par 38 at Meadowlark.
“We have a lot of girls that are playing a lot better right now. A couple are up and down, but Brittney Do, Brianna and Angela are really kind of settling in,” Morris said. “Any time you have three in the 30s we will take that.
In other girls golf:
No. 4 Beckman 191, No. 8 University 194: Priscilla Ki carded a 1-under-par 35 at Strawberry Farms Golf Course for the Patriots (6-1) in the Pacific Coast League triumph.
No. 3 Corona del Mar 209, Woodbridge 215: Amy Matsuoka posted a 1-under-par 34 at Newport Beach Country Club to medal for the Sea Kings (10-1, 6-0) in the Pacific Coast League match.
No. 2 Santa Margarita 199, JSerra 265: Rylie Edwards finished with a 1-over-par 37 on the South Course at Coto de Caza Country Club to help the Eagles (11-0, 5-0) win the Trinity League match.