Santa Rosa’s Curry falls short of NorCal slot




Despite five consecutive pars to end her round Monday at the Tournament of Champions in Berkeley, Santa Rosa High’s Kara Curry did not advance to the NorCal Championships.

The senior shot an 83 at the par-71 Tilden Park Golf Course. Northgate’s Oymphna Ueda grabbed the final qualifying spot with a 78.

Although Curry finished strong, she couldn’t overcome a poor start that found her with four double bogeys and a bogey after five holes.

“I wasn’t nervous,” she said. “I think I just psyched myself out trying too hard at the start. By the back nine, I was telling myself to stay positive and that worked.”

Analy, champion of the SCL, had the only other golfers from the Redwood Empire competing in the Tournament of Champions.

Led by Madison Beckett (95) and Hailey Windsor (97), the Tigers shot a total of 535. Monte Vista won the school title with a score of 400.

Curry, who sports a five handicap, had trouble with her short game.

“I was getting almost no roll with my approach shots,” she said. “The greens were slow and I wasn’t able to get the ball close to the pin.

“Of course, I’m disappointed I’m not going on to NorCals but I had fun playing in the Tournament of Champions. Overall, I had a good season.”

Curry had the low scoring average during the North Bay League season.

Not bad for a golfer who’s been playing the game seriously for only two years.

Next year, she plans to play at Santa Rosa JC. The fledgling Bear Cubs program joined the Big 8 Conference this season.