Bernabe shoots a 30 for Canyon but Yorba Linda wins
YORBA LINDA – Having the lowest score doesn’t always guarantee a victory in girls golf. Canyon proved that in Wednesday’s nonleague match at Black Gold Golf Course.
Even though she opened with a bogey, senior Elisabeth Bernabe earned medalist honors, carding a 6-under 30, the best nine-hole performance of her four-year varsity career with the Comanches. But No. 8 Yorba Linda still managed to sweep its season series with No. 10 Canyon, posting a 204-214 victory.
Brooke Graebe and Brittney Sok both finished with a 2-under 34 to lead the Mustangs (5-0). Yorba Linda beat Canyon 203-214 on Aug. 28th after Greabe and Sok medaled with an even-par 36 at Anaheim Hills Golf Course
“We are very consistent in the low 40s, and a couple of girls can always shoot even or 1-under par,” Yorba Linda coach Dennis Riggs said. “We don’t beat up on teams with our two best girls, we do it with the four other girls.”
Despite having two of the top junior players in the nation in Bernabe and Jessica Vasilic, Canyon has only won one of its four matches this season. The Comanches (1-3) beat Villa Park in the season opener last week.
“But that is OK with me because we are all good friends on this team,” Bernabe said.
At one point during her round on Wednesday she holed five birdies in a row. But at that point, she still trailed Vasilic by one stroke. Vasilic, too, had five consecutive birides and finished with a 4-under 32.
“I didn’t know that I was getting that many birdies. I was just went out there and said, ‘Ok, let’s try and get the lowest score that we can,’” Bernabe said.
She put her approach on the par-4 ninth, 15 feet below the hole and drained the putt to hole her seventh birdie to medal for the second time this season.
Conditions were not ideal on Wednesday as she had to finish playing in a some strong gusting wind, but Bernabe said she’s pretty comfortable in that kind of weather because that is usually how it is when she is practicing on the range at Black Gold.
While she said it would have been nice to shoot a 29, she said never thought of breaking 30 on Wednesday.
“I am pretty happy with a 6-under 30,” she said.