Girls golf: Strong finish sends Curry to NCS finals

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By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Kara Curry wasn’t happy with the way she played in Monday’s Division 1 qualifier, but the good news for the Santa Rosa High senior is that she scored low enough to advance to next week’s North Coast Section’s finals.

Curry was the only Redwood Empire golfer to move on from the Division 1 qualifier or the Division 2 championship which was also held on Monday.

Curry carded an 88 and that was good enough to give her the next-to-last qualifying slot for next Monday’s tournament at Tilden GC in Berkeley.

The top finishers in Berkeley advance to the NorCal Championships.

In the Division 1 qualifier at Lone Tree in Antioch, Curry needed a strong finish and she came through with three consecutive pars to end her round.

“I knew I had to either par or birdie those last holes to have any chance of advancing,” Curry said. “Luckily for me, I was able to par out.

“Overall, it was an ugly day. My short game was off and I gave up a lot of shots just trying to get on the green.

“My drives were pretty good, but after that I had problems.”

Curry had one birdie and four double bogeys.

“I’m going to practice every day until next Monday and I’m going to spend extra time on my short game,” Curry said.

Maria Carrillo’s Morgan Olhiser had the second-best round among Empire golfers playing at Lone Tree. She shot 93 and is an alternate for the Division 1 championship.

Olhiser finished in a tie for the final spot but lost a one-hole playoff. Her opponent bogeyed the hole and she wound up with a double-bogey.

“I had a 7-foot putt which would’ve given me a bogey but I pulled it wide right,” she said.

“Hopefully, one of the qualifiers will pull out because this is my senior year and I’ll get a chance to play next Monday.”

Olhiser dropped down the leaderboard after a quadruple bogey on a par 5.

“I had seven pars and a birdie but five double bogeys and that quadruple really killed me,” she said.

In the Division 2 tournament at Blue Rock Springs in Vallejo, Cardinal Newman’s Megan McConnell was the low Empire golfer with an 89.

The Cardinal Newman team finished third with a 389 score.

Other scores turned in by the Cardinals were: Angela Chang 93, Emily Pham 99 and Natalie Justice 108.