Quail Lodge GC
November 20, 2013
Carmel — Torrey Pines seniors Sarah Cho and Jennifer Peng might have just completed the most impressive high school golf careers in the history of California.
Cho and Peng both shot even-par 71s at Quail Lodge to lead Torrey Pines to a record fourth straight state title. And yes, Cho and Peng played in all four of those state championships.
“This year we set our sights on doing something unprecedented,” said coach Chris Drake. “The girls really focused on that. It’s amazing.”
Torrey Pines finished with a 9-over 364 to beat runner-ups Diamond Bar and Walnut by 32 strokes. All three schools are from Southern California. Walnut Creek had the best Northern California finish, shooting 423 to finish fourth. St. Francis of Mountain View took fifth at 438, and Amador Valley shot 447.
This Torrey Pines run really began five years ago, when the girls team finished runner-up in 2009 to Torrance, which had just won its third straight state championship.
“That all sort of started this,” Drake said. “We wanted to beat them. We set our sights on what Torrance did. Their three in a row was a benchmark.”
Torrey Pines won the San Diego Section and the SoCal Regional this year, as well as its 100th straight match in the regular season. Torrey Pines also shot 364 to win the SoCal Regional.
While Cho and Peng leave high school with careers that can’t be topped, they could potentially be tied by their teammates.
Junior Shiyan Fan just won her third straight state title, matching Cho and Peng with a 71. Torrey Pines had three girls tied for second overall at 71.
Torrey Pines sophomore Sung Eun Park captured her second state title, contributing with a 77, and freshman Muni He shot 74.
Torrey Pines senior Georgia Lacey made it to her first state title this year, firing a 77 in her debut. Lacey was on the No. 7 player her first three years, but won a playoff at the end of this season to secure the No. 6 spot.
“We had two goals this year,” said Drake, who also coaches the boys team, which won the 2011 state title. “One was to win this, and another was to win 100 straight. Now we’ve got to come up with some new goals.
“It’s so hard to win it once. We’re going to celebrate this, and then on the drive home we’ll start thinking about goals for next year.”
Mira Costa senior Andrea Lee was just as impressive in the race for the overall individual champion, shooting a bogey-free 4-under 67 to win by four. Lee was the only player in the field to break par, and the only one without a bogey. West Torrance’s Erin Choi and Acalanes’ Elizabeth Schultz matched the Torrey triumvirate with 71s.
“It means a lot to win in my last high school tournament,” Lee said. “I didn’t make any bogeys. That was really big. I was happy to shoot 4 under, especially when no one broke par.”