Carlsbad golfers finish fifth at state finals

The Carlsbad High girls golf team made its first trip to the CIF State Championship and the Lancers overcame soupy conditions to finish fifth in Tuesday’s team scoring at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

Carlsbad finished with an aggregate score of 45-over par to place fifth out of the six teams which qualified from last week’s regional tournaments.

“It was really foggy for the first few holes,” said Carlsbad coach Brook Brand. “They couldn’t have a delay because of flights that had to be made.

“Even after the fog lifted, the course played tough. The pin placements were difficult, but it was a very good experience for us.”

Granite Bay dominated the team scoring at 16 over, which was good for a 16-stroke margin of victory over runner-up Palo Alto (32 over). Valley Christian (33 over), Troy (40 over) and Carlsbad rounded out the state’s top five teams.

Senior Meghan Royal and junior Jasmine Kahler each carded rounds of 1-over-par 72 on the Poppy Hills layout to pace the Lancers. Andee Avery (77) and Tiffany Lin (78), both juniors, also scored for Carlsbad, which won the San Diego Section Division I team championship and placed third at the SoCal Girls Regional Championship.

The top individual result from a San Diego Section golfer was turned in by El Camino senior Jasmine Leovao, who tied for fourth with a 1-under 70. Leovao was one of only five golfers who finished under par. Following a birdie at the third hole, she recovered from back-to-back bogeys at the fourth and fifth holes with birdies at holes 7 and 9 before playing the back nine at even par.

SoCal Regional champion Ashley Yun of Walnut High and Leigh Chien of University in Irvine tied for first at 3-under 68. Chien won medalist honors with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

Carlsbad’s Royal and Kahler tied for seventh place in the individual scoring along with Charlotte Cantonis of La Jolla, who also had a 72 on her scorecard. Annika Yturralde of Steele Canyon placed 33rd with a 78, and Sehee Sim of Torrey Pines shot an 82 for 41st place.

A total of 54 golfers qualified in the individual scoring.

Hoff is a freelance writer.