Golf shows skill at State Championship

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Kristi Uyeshiro

Girls golf at State Championship

The girls’ Golf State Championship was played at the Catalina Golf Course in Tucson. This course has been a host to the PGA Tour 30 times. PGA Tour courses prove to have a high level of difficulty. The course has many obstacles laying on each hole with consistent bunkers surrounding the greens. Water hazards come into play on a course like Catalina on holes one, three, four, nine, ten, eleven, thirteen, and eighteen. This course has 80 bunkers and 8 lakes within it and has every opportunity to make any shot really bad. 

On the first day on the course, the team teed off in 45-degree weather early in the morning. The girl’s team ended up placing sixth in the tournament as they went in as the sixth seed. In the tournament, Malia Uyeshiro placed eleventh overall. 

With this being the last team tournament this year, there are a few seniors who will be leaving the team, those being Madison Roth, Kylie Rehberger, MaCayela Hanks, Malia Uyeshiro, and Malerie Nyberg. With seniors making up four out of the five spots in the tournament, next year will have most of the spots filled with new golfers. 

Placing tenth place last year and sixth this year is a step in the right direction, but with the absence of performing seniors, the team may be at a setback. “If they put in enough work in the next year they have a good chance at making state,” senior Kylie Rehberger stated. 

Along with that, senior MaCayela Hanks said, “Next year is going to be a building year, but I think our team can do it.” Many times, high school teams have to lose seniors and it takes time to get back on track, but the younger team can bounce back.

The boys’ golf team is also losing a couple of seniors, Gabriel Murillo and Tyler Scribner. The boys’ golf team is at more of an advantage than the girls’ team because they are only going to be losing two seniors at the end of the year. 

“Next year is hopeful because we have a very young team and some promising talent for the future,” senior Gabriel Murillo stated.

The future of both golf teams is in the hands of the younger players and it is up to them to bring back the same level of play in order to continue the pace set by this year’s players. The boys’ golf team is at more of an advantage than the girls’ team because they are only going to be losing two seniors at the end of the year.