Foothill reaches goal, wins Century title
TUSTIN – She was down to her final chance to reach a goal that she had set early in her varsity career with Foothill girls golf team, just nine more holes at Tustin Ranch Golf Club to see if her coach’s prediction would come true.
Cindy Dang wanted to find a way to beat Canyon already.
And if Dang and her Knights couldn’t get the better of the Comanches on Wednesday, the four-year starter would end up winless against Canyon.
“But I can sleep well tonight,” Dang said with a smile. “This is amazing.”
Foothill coach Mike Bohen promised Dang that by the end of her senior season, Canyon’s winning streak against the Knights would finally come to an end. Not only did the Knights edge the Comanches, 207-219, in the season finale, but with the victory, Foothill also clinched the Century League title.
Dang carded a 6-over-par 42 for Foothill on the front nine at Tustin Ranch while freshman Madie Chou posted a 1-over-par 37 to lead the Knights (16-1, 11-1).
“We have been working toward this (the league championship) for a long time,” Dang said. “And it kind of feels good to actually win something and put our names in the school gym.”
Elisabeth Bernabe medaled earned medalist honors for the Comanches (10-5, 10-2), shooting a 1-under-par 35. Her senior teammate Jessica Vasilic, who was playing with an extremely sore lower back, came in with a 3-over-par 39.
The Arizona-bound Vasilic had to withdraw from the Ping Invitational this past weekend because of the pain, but she showed up at Tustin Ranch because a Canyon victory on Wednesday would have delivered the Comanches’ fourth league title in the last five seasons.
Bohen said the Knights have shaved some 30 strokes off their average from last season because they made “such a commitment in the off season.” Several days a week, the Knights showed up at Tustin Ranch to get in some practice, and when they weren’t working out with the team Dang, Michelle Thompson and Brooke Cardenas were off playing in tournaments.
“In August when we started the season, we were putting up that were like … wow,” Bohen said.
Dang said the Knights put in all of the extra time on the course during the summer because they knew they had a chance to win a championship.
“Everyone put a lot of dedication in this summer. We increased practices,” Dang said. “And we got a freshman (Chou) that came along and really helped us. We just all connected with each other, played golf, had fun and scored well.”