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Golf Team Takes a Swing at CCS Title

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The team poses for a picture after beating Saint Ignatius.

Kaity McCullough

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Congratulations to the Presentation High School Varsity Golf Team who on Tuesday November 3 traveled to the Carmel Valley to compete in the CCS Championships. They did an excellent job and finished second overall to their rival, Saint Ignatius. This tournament was held at Rancho Cañada Golf course from 8am to 3pm.

               

Presentation’s golf team has had a great season this year. They were undefeated the entire season until West Catholic Athletic League tournament (WCAL) where they narrowly lost to Saint Ignatius. Due to their excellent record throughout the year, the loss to SI made them co-champions in the WCAL tournament and granted Presentation a bid for CCS Championships.

               

For those Pres students who do not know that much about golf, here is a quick explanation. There are 18 holes in the CCS tournament. The holes are graded by how far the tee (where the golfer starts) is from the green (where the hole is). There are three different levels, a par-three, par-four and par-five. Par means the number of times it takes to hit the ball before it lands in the hole. The goal is to hit below or at par. For example, the golfer tries to get the ball in the hole with one shot and two putts on a three-par hole. 

               

Each person on the team plays the full 18 holes and then the top four scores are added up. At CCS, there is both a team title and an individual championship title. Last year was the first year that Pres had an individual champion, junior Mariko Tumangan. Last year Pres also placed second overall, which is the highest team title Pres has had at CCS. This year, coach Angie Papangellin seemed very positive and thought the team would do very well. She said, “The team is looking pretty good, but golf is a difficult sport to predict.” Varsity golf member Ramey Parks agreed with her coach saying, “Throughout the whole season we have had many moments where we have had to knuckle down and we have handled the pressure very well. I am very excited because I think if we are all in the right state of mind we could do very well.” She was right, for this year’s team was solid and their results proved it!

               

The team started off on a great foot when Tumangan finished with a record 62 strokes (10 strokes under par). Next up was Alessandra Cain who scored an 82, then Ramey Parks who scored a 91 and Swetha Prabhakaran finishing with an 85. These top four scores earned Presentation a second place finish. Saint Ignatius finished first 19 strokes below Pres and Santa Catalina finished third with 6 strokes above Pres. “I was a little nervous going in,” said Ramey. “The best part of the whole day was when we got to the course.  Everyone was so excited and the whole place was filled with golfers of unbelievable skill. We ended up doing really well and I am excited for NorCals.”

               

Since Pres finished in the top four, they qualified to compete in the Nor Cal tournament. This tournament took place on November 9 at the Almaden Country Club, Presentation’s home course. They performed admirably and finished sixth overall. Unfortunately, this finish did not qualify them to move onto the state championships. Overall, the Presentation Golf Team had an incredible year. Congratulations again to the amazing team. They did a phenomenal job this year and represented our school with pride.

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