With tryouts safely a month behind them, MC’s girls golf is swinging back into action. Backed by their coaches Jim Greci and Keith Leighton, the girls have already got two matches under their belts.
“Our first two matches were against Vista and Rancho Buena Vista, and the both went well,” Leighton said. “We ultimately lost both matches, but our ladies showed promise.”
Senior team captain Savannah Wallace is going to be leading her team through a series of league matches in the upcoming weeks, starting with MC’s wolverine rivals.
“We played Westview on our home course [Oak’s North] on Oct. 14,” Wallace said, “It’s a shorter course, so there was less walking, and we’ve all played on it multiple times, so we had that home team advantage,” Wallace said.
Consisting of Westview, Canyon Crest, Del Norte, Poway, Torrey Pines, and Rancho Bernardo, MC’s league provides stiff competition.
“Our league is insanely tough” Leighton said. “Two of our top five teams went to state last year.”
As team captain, Wallace plays an important role in leading her team to greatness.
“It’s always an honor to be chosen as team captain,” Wallace said. “I’ve been captain for the past three years, but every year when I’m told I’ve been chosen as captain, it’s been a new experience. I just love being able to fill that leadership role.”
With the large number of girls that tried out this year, there are two varsity golf teams this year: the practice team and the competitive match team.
“This year we have around 19 girls on our two varsity teams, which is a lot for golf because in previous years we had barely enough girls to compete,” Wallace said.
Though they didn’t win their last two matches, both Leighton and Wallace remain hopeful for future matches.
“Competitively, we are facing some significant challenges this season, Leighton said. “But with the growth of returning players and the number of new players, I think we can prove MC to be a team that other teams think seriously about before a match.”