There are 15 girls from Sonoma Valley High who turned out for golf this year, in a program coached for the second year by Walt Williams, a Creekside teacher who doubles as girls golf team coach at Sonoma Valley High.
Though the young and inexperienced team, some of whom have not played the sport prior to this year, has yet to score a win in a match, Coach Williams emphasizes the positive in learning a new sport.
Two recent matches were held at Sonoma Valley Golf Club, on Arnold Drive, a par 36 nine-hole course. The first was the season opener on Tuesday, Aug. 28, against Justin-Siena. Final score was Justin Siena 351, Sonoma Valley 368.
“The first match in the new league was a little challenging for some of the Sonoma Golf Team but we all had fun and are looking forward to a great season,” said Coach Williams.
The Sonoma girls scorecards read: Samantha Pencil 64, Emily Molina 77, Gabby Romo 72, Jessica Haro 77, Jacqueline Torres 79, Naomi Aho 81. The top three Justin-Siena players were Abbie Baine 45, Samantha Tuite 51, and Alex Mazzucco 71.
After two away matches against American Canyon and Vintage, the girls golf team had a scheduled match in Sonoma against Casa Grande on Sept. 6, but the Petaluma school was not able to field a girls golf team and had to forfeit. Technically, that goes in the win column for Sonoma Valley.
The girls team next played at Sonoma Golf Club on Thursday, Sept. 11, against Napa. Final score was Napa 283, Sonoma Valley 351.
Scorecards again found Pencil with the best round of 65, tied with Violet Heffernan also with 65. Right behind them was Alison Perkins 66, Gabby Kutza 76, Rileigh Erickson 76, Kasia Jacobson 79 and Naomi Aho 81.
“The Napa squad has some outstanding players and my Sonoma golfers are still having a great season despite the loss,” said Williams.
The next home match for the club-swinging Sonoma girls is Tuesday, Sept. 18 against Petaluma, at the Sonoma Golf Club, starting at 3:30 p.m.