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Beckman closing in on another PCL championship
TUSTIN – It has been a weird challenging season for Beckman’s girls golf team, Coach Cheyne Blair said.
Aching wrists, sore backs and the burden of AP class homework have forced him to get creative with the team’s lineup, and he has rarely used the same six girls in consecutive matches.
But the third-ranked Patriots are a deep team, and with their 190-238 Pacific Coast League victory against Irvine on Wednesday at Tustin Ranch Golf Club, they remain tied for first with No. 1 University.
“Our lineups have been kind of piecemeal,” he said. “But one of those things that you have to remember as a coach is these girls are scholars first. And so if we are playing and I have a girl that is swamped with tests and stuff, I am not going to force her to play. It would be unfair for me as a coach and teacher to do that.”
The Patriots (10-3, 6-1) weren’t at full strength Wednesday as Nadia Susanto sat out the match because of an injury.
Four of the Patriots’ five scoring players broke 40, led by Cameron Lee who medaled with a 2-under-par 34.
Freshman Jae Lee added a 37, and her teammates, Sophie Nguyen and Priscilla Ki, carded a 38 and 39, respectively.
The Patriots have three matches remaining, including one against University on Oct. 12 at Tustin Ranch. That meeting will likely determine if the Patriots win their fourth consecutive league championship.
Beckman lost its first meeting this season with the Trojans, coming up three strokes short at Strawberry Farms Golf Course, the Trojans’ home course.
“If a couple things would have went differently, a couple of putts fall, it would have been a different result,” Blair said. “As much as they like to shoot 180 every time, they are still doing enough to get it done.”
Extending the Patriots’ reign atop the extremely competitive Pacific Coast League would of course be most welcome, Blair said, it is not the sole focus the girls. The Patriots, he said, know that winning league is just one small part of the larger season.
“And if you would have asked my girls last year if they would have traded league for a better score in CIF, they would have gladly done that to win CIF,” he said. “They do want to win league again, but Uni is a great team so if we lose to them, there is no shame in that.”
In other matches:
Dana Hills 207, Tesoro 216: Nicole Neale posted an even-par 36 to medal for the Titans (6-8, 2-3), but they lost the South Coast League match.
Tustin 191, Kennedy 200: Irene Kim shot a 2-under-par 25cq at Heartwell Golf Course for the Fighting Irish (4-4, 2-3) in their Empire League loss.
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