Girls golf takes home tee-riffic win against Mountain View


Emily McNally

Sophomore Grace Cai lines up her swing as she prepares to take her first shot of the match. The girls golf team played a close game against Mountain View on Thursday, March 11, but pulled through with another win.

Competition was in the air at the Shoreline Golf Links course on Thursday, March 11, as the girls golf team faced Mountain View High School for the second time this season. The match was close, with the Eagles coming out on top with a score of 225–233, making every player’s contribution extremely important.

The Eagles and Spartans are the top two teams in the El Camino division, so the stakes were high. However, as the match progressed, players became more comfortable and were able to shake off any apprehension.

“I was a little nervous because I was stressed out from the day, and the match started off a little bit rocky,” sophomore Grace Cai said. “But my coach told me to stay confident and that helped me shake off my nerves.”

I felt pretty good. I think this match was the best I played,” senior Joanna Hsieh said. “I’ve been working on fixing my swing for the past few weeks, and in this match my shots were actually going straight and farther than normal.”

With a shorter season, the team is trying to take advantage of every practice they get and were able to see improvements in their game from work put in outside of competitions.

The players also found that they were able to enjoy the social aspects of the match despite COVID-19 restrictions. Grace knew a player on the MVHS team and they were able to briefly catch up before the match started. The atmosphere was supportive, senior Annika Gaglani recounted, despite the competitive setting.

The girls that I was playing with were really motivational, which uplifted the group,” Annika said. “They were a really positive spirit and made the game more enjoyable as a whole.”

Looking forward, the players aim to maintain their winning streak and finish the season strong with their final match being on Wednesday, March 24.

“I’m pretty sad that we’re not going to have more matches and that our season is ending soon,” Grace said. “But I’m excited for us as a team to bring it home with more wins and keep our record.”

The Eagles’ next match is on Tuesday, March 16, against Santa Clara High School at the Bay View Golf Club.