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Alyaa Abdulghany of Corona del Mar is the reigning CIF State champion. Later this month, she will represent the United States at the Junior Ryder Cup in Edina, Minn.

Girls golf preview: Top players to watch

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OCVarsity’s top players to watch this season:

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Alyaa Abdulghany, Corona del Mar, Sr.: The reigning CIF State champion posted one of the lowest scores ever carded on a par-36 course, shotting an 8-under 28 at El Niguel Country Club in the Sea Kings’ season-opening victory against Aliso Niguel. Later this month, she will represent the United States at the Junior Ryder Cup in Edina, Minn.

Yuki Yoshihara, Woodbridge, So.: She qualified for the CIF State Championship last season after shooting a 1-over-par 72 at Goose Creek Golf Course during the WSCGA Southern Regional. In June, she finished second at the AJGA Junior All-Star, one of her two top-five finishes in the AJGA during the summer.

Beth Lillie, Troy, Sr.: She finished fourth in two of her last six AJGA starts. Her scoring average during that span was a 78.1, and her lowest round came during the AJGA / CJGT Junior when she posted a 2-under-par 69 at Yorba Linda Country Club.

Chayse Gomez, Rosary, So.: She was the medalist of the Rosary Shotgun with an even-par 35 on the front nine at Western Hills Country Club. She finished third at the AJGA / CJGT Junior at Yorba Linda Linda Country Club in July by shooting 73, 70 and 71 in the 54-hole tournament.

Samantha Cabunag, University, Jr.: She has become one of the Trojans’ most consistent golfers. She qualified for the CIF-SS Individual Championship each of the past two seasons. Last week, she fired an even-par 35 at Aliso Viejo Country Club to help the Trojans finish 1-over-par as a team in a 176-204 victory against Aliso Niguel.

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