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Mater Dei edges Rosary in girls golf

STAFF WRITER

COSTA MESA – When Mater Dei coach Derek Uyesaka looked at the school’s girls golf records, he couldn’t believe it.

The Monarchs have a chance to win their sixth straight Trinity League championship this season.

“We have been blessed to get talent every year, so we are always in the mix,” Uyesaka said. “To do it this year, would be something special, especially with the young group we have.”

Three freshmen are in Mater Dei’s starting lineup, and on Tuesday one of them broke 40 at Costa Mesa Country Club - Khameryn Utu. Utu carded a 3-over 38, and when combined with Kristy Harada’s 37, No. 10 Mater Dei had a 207-213 victory against Trinity League rival Rosary.

Caroline Cantlay earned medalist honors, shooting an even-par 35 for the Royals.

“All the girls buy in to the tradition at the school,” Uyesaka said.

Mater Dei (4-1, 1-0) was missing one of their freshmen – Kaitlyn Vazquez. Vazquez, who averages in the high 30s, suffered a wrist injury last week, Uyesaka said, and is waiting to get clearance from her doctor to rejoin the lineup.

If Mater Dei is going to get that sixth championship, the Monarchs are going to have to shave some strokes off their score. The Monarchs have yet to shoot less than 200 this season while No. 3 Santa Margarita has been in the 190s in five of its seven matches.

By season’s end, Uyesaka said the 190s will be there for Mater Dei, too.

“If everyone plays up to their potential we should be able to do that,” Uyesaka said. “That is a good goal for us.”

In other girls golf:

No. 3 Santa Margarita 196, JSerra 227: Kiara Boggs posted an even-par 36 at Arroyo Trabuco to lead the Eagles (7-0, 1-0) in the Trinity League match.

Contact the writer: ddottore@ocregister.com


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