Girls golf: Empire star falls shy in bid to advance

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Maria Carrillo’s Hailey Begert-Hellings shot a 78 to lead all Empire golfers Monday in the Tournament of Champions at Peacock Gap, but that wasn’t low enough for her to continue on to the NorCal Championships.

To advance to next Monday’s tournament, Begert-Hellings would have had to shoot a 72 on the San Rafael course.

Twenty-one Empire golfers competed in the TOC, including teams from Analy, Maria Carrillo and Ukiah. Carrillo was the North Bay League champions while Analy took the Sonoma County League crown. Ukiah qualified as an at-large team.

Maria Carrillo finished 14th in the team competition with 472 strokes followed in 15th place by Ukiah at 482. Analy was 21st and last with 594.

Three schools advanced to the NorCal Championships headed by Dougherty Valley with a 390.

The top three individuals, not on an advancing team, also moved on.

Medalist honors were shared by Amador Valley’s Kimberly Liu and Dougherty Valley’s Belinda Hu. Both shot 68 which is 3-under-par.

Bunkers turned out to be Begert-Hellings’ nemesis.

“I was in the sand a lot,” the reigning Empire Player of the Year said. “I especially had a hard time on No. 16 which is a par 3. I landed in the bunker off the tee and had trouble getting out. I wound up with a six.

“Overall, I played pretty well; it wasn’t my best round but I made a few good shots. I was driving the ball straight and my putting was good.”

Casa Grande’s Emily Hulsman had the second-best score among area golfers. She finished with an 83.

“If it wasn’t for the par 3s on the back nine, I would’ve been in the 70s,” she said. “I took a six and a five on those holes.

“I was happiest with my fairway woods and wedges. I was accurate a lot from 100 yards and closer.”

RESULTS

High school golf

Tournament of Champions

AT PEACOCK GAP (PAR 71, SAN RAFAEL)

TEAM SCORES

Dougherty Valley 390
Amador Valley 398
Mission San Jose 403
Dublin 404
Carondolet 411
Monte Vista 417
Alameda 419
Heritage 426
Foothill 432
California 447
Granada 453
San Ramon 454
Acalanes 462
Maria Carrillo 472
Ukiah 482
Liberty 493
Castro Valley 501
Deer Valley 502
Concord 549
Clayton Valley 561
Analy 594

EMPIRE INDIVIDUAL SCORES

Maria Carrillo

Hailey Begert-Hellings, 78
Morgan Olhiser, 94
Alyssa Chandler, 89
Victoria Chandler, 99
Gianna Crawford, 112
Andrea Bornstein, 134

Ukiah

Haley Drake, 89
Gretchen Roderick, 92
Casidy Schultz, 100
Grace Eversole, 99
Natalie Vau, 102
Emily Bawcom, 105

Analy

Madison Beckett, 95
Allison Cervantes, 129
Hallie Windsor, 112
Makenna Lamb, 111
Danica Orth, 147

Casa Grande

Emily Hulsman, 83

Cardinal Newman

Megan McConnell, 89

Petaluma

Sarah Jane Catarozoli, 94

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