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Golf League Finals

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To mark the end of a noteworthy season John W. North High School’s girls golf team dominated Rancho Verde High School in its last league match of the year on Oct. 12 on its home course at the Canyon Crest Country Club.

The Huskies finished off the fall season maintaining a league record of 6-6. With Vista Del Lago High School as the new addition to the girls golf Inland Valley League North was placed four out of seven.

North was able to send three individuals to play in the league preliminary round on Oct. 16, freshman Nichole Zhang, sophomore Samantha Sinclair and junior Gabrielle Genovea. Each team in the Inland Valley League sent about two to four girl golfers who held the lowest overall averages for their respective teams.

       “I was happy with finishing in the middle of the pack. I am thankful for how well-rounded my players are. Our team is made up of top academic achievers as well as those that are very committed to extracurricular activities for the school. We will definitely have more success next year when the new conference is formed,” said coach Rolland Fezzey.

The athletes were expected to compete in one nine-hole round after which the top 14 lowest scorers including ties would move on to league finals. Genovea completed the first round in eighth place with a score of 57, trailing behind her opponents by merely one or two strokes. Meanwhile Zhang received the fourteenth and final spot gaining a score of 65 which made her eligible to play in league finals.

Unlike previous years North was represented by two golfers who played in the finals, fighting for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) qualifying slots.

League finals were held on Oct. 18 at Jurupa Hills Golf Course and played as an entire 18-hole match which was an entirely new experience for several of the golfers present.

Genovea finished off the round jumping up in the ranks, allowing her to take sixth place. Although she did not make the cut to enter CIF playoffs, top six in league qualified her for first team all-league for the 2017-2018 school year.

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