Cantlay, Utu share first-round lead at Trinity Finals


One first-round leader at the Trinity League Finals is in a rare place for her school while the other is trying to continue a run of dominance for her girls golf team in the tournament.

Rosary junior Caroline Cantlay and Mater Dei freshman Khameryn Utu each finish with a 2-over-par 76 on the North Course at Los Serranos Country Club and will share first place when the final round of the championship tees off on Thursday at Dad Miller Golf Course in Anaheim.

Should Cantlay win, she would give the Royals a very unusual moment in the spotlight at the Trinity League tournament, but if Utu triumphs, she would be the fourth Monarch in a row to finish at the top of the leader board.

“I am always trying to win, and I just want to keep on playing well and concentrate on my scores and try to improve,” Cantlay said. “Leading is always nice, but I don’t want to get too nervous. ”

Cantlay and Utu hold a two-stroke lead over Mater Dei senior Kristy Harada, who is in third place after shooting a 78. Kiara Boggs (Santa Margarita) and Rylie Edward (Santa Margarita) posted a 79 and 80, respectively, to round out the top five.

“It feels pretty good being the leader, being a freshman, too. I didn’t think that I would be playing this well, but I am happy with my score,” Utu said..

In other girls golf:

Dana Hills’ Joan Soewondo edged Tesoro’s Emma Kang by two strokes at Camp Pendleton Memorial Golf Course in San Diego to win the South Coast Legaue Finals. Soewondo finished with a 3-over 147. ...

Beth Lillie and Felicia Chang gave Troy a 1-2 finish in the Freeway League Finals at La Mirada Golf Course. Lillie won the tournament by four strokes, carding a 1-under 125 while Chang took second with a 129 total.

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