Scores of 89 not good enough to advance


Maria Carrillo’s duo of Kristina Schmuhl and Hailey Begert-Hellings both shot 89s at Monday’s Tournament of Champions, but like all Redwood Empire golfers in the field, they fell short of advancing to the NorCal Championships.

The 89s left the Carrillo players 13 shots shy of advancing to the next round, which is at the Stockton Country Club on Nov. 8. The State CIF title will be decided eight days later.

“Both girls had to scramble throughout to make pars,” coach Jerry Deakins said. “Neither had many birdie opportunities. Schmuhl had been shooting lower scores, so we kind of expected her to come in lower than she did.”

Begert-Hellings is a freshman and Schmohl is a junior. The Pumas went 12-0 in North Bay League, so they’ll be the team to beat again in 2011.

The three Redwood Empire teams did not fare well at the TOC. Carrillo finished 12th among the 17 teams that had qualified to play at the Lone Tree Course in Antioch. Casa Grande was 15th and Ukiah 16th.

The top three teams and four individuals advanced to NorCal. Amador Valley took team honors with 386, Alameda was second at 391 and Granada took the third spot with 397 strokes.

Carrillo finished with 514, Casa 564 and Ukiah 593.

Individuals advancing were Betty Chen (Castro Valley) 71, Katie Sborov (Foothill) 72, Kortnie Maxoutopoulis (Foothill) 75 and Brittany Bisgrove (Arcata) 76.

Besides Schmuhl and Haley-Begert, two other Empire golfers broke 100. Piner’s Rachel Lorence finished with 97 and Maria Carrillo’s Eva Gallagher posted a 99.
Par was 72.

Casa’s low score was a 107 by Sarah Bell while Ukiah, playing with three freshmen, was led by Shelby Killen and Halley Drake. Both had 113s.