Both teams earned places in next week's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South tournament with their performances Monday at their respective league championship tournaments.
Tracy’s team finished second, right behind Lodi, in the San Joaquin Athletic Association tournament at Swenson Park Golf Course in Stockton. That follows Tracy’s 8-2 league season, also a second place finish.
Meanwhile, West High’s girls finished the Tri-City Athletic League tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park in third place, which puts them in second place overall in the league. St. Mary’s took first place in the tournament and Tokay finished second, but West’s league record — a 9-3 mar that included two wins over Tokay during the league season — gave West the advantage in the final standings.
Both Tracy teams, along with Lodi and St. Mary’s, now head to the Division I South tournament at Merced Golf and Country Club, where they will play for a spot in the section Masters Tournament on Nov. 2 at The Reserve.
Tracy coach Derek Solano said that in his five years as golf coach, this is the first time the full girls team has qualified for the Division I South tournament. Tracy did it with a score of 521, behind Lodi at 497 and ahead of Lincoln at 567.
Three of Tracy’s golfers qualified for all-league honors after they finished in the top six on Monday. Jennifer Kim shot 86 on the par-74 course for third place behind Lodi’s Marissa Hinchman, 82, and Cobi Kooyman, 83, and ahead of Lincoln’s Colleen Kendall, 90. Fifth and sixth place individually went to Tracy’s Taylor Slabaugh, 100, and Devin Nicholson, 101.
Other scores for Tracy were: Emily Dellagana, 116; Shelby Devlinm 118; and Ana Jackson, 135.
West’s team finished with a score of 544 behind St. Mary’s, 452, and Tokay, 537. West’s Alice Trisri finished in third place individually with a score of 88. St. Mary’s golfers Layney Silva shot 80 and Aubrey Miller shot 87 for first and second place, respectively. West’s Belinda Mahan shot 91 to land in a three-way tie for fourth place along with Casey Ota of Tokay and Niki Kelly of St. Mary’s.
West’s other scores were: Erin Whitcomb, 100; Julia Ramirez, 119; and Emma Brackett, 146.
This was also the first 18-hole event for Kimball High’s new golf team, which finished with a team score of 745. Coach James Tiffany said that his golfers, some of whom had never played the game until two months ago, finished the season in high spirits after launching into league play with little practice.
Kimball’s scores: Amanda Larson, 142; Lydia Nolen, 145; Gina Gerstenberger, 148; Lilly Craig, 150; and Elizabeth Enos, 160.