After the CIF-Southern Section Team Championships on Monday, West Ranch girls golf’s Zoe Campos was ambivalent.
On one hand, her final score of 3-under 71 helped the Wildcats advance to the next round of the postseason. On the other, she was one stroke away from being named medalist, which is her goal for every varsity event she competes in.
“Today’s competition as definitely higher level and I had to really step up my game a bit,” Campos said. “It wasn’t enough, but at the same time, it kind of was.”
West Ranch finished at 394, two spots behind first-place Diamond Bar (379) and second-place Mater Dei of Santa Ana (388).
Valencia and Hart also competed at the event but did not qualify for the next stage, the CIF-SS SCGA Team Qualifier.
Individually, the Wildcats’ Noelle Song finished even-par, Kati Pak and Stephanie Kang were 12-over and Mack Bailey was 13-over.
“Today we just wanted to have fun and just go out there and play and see how well we could do,” Campos said of her team’s approach to the day. “We didn’t really put out numbers or anything, we just wanted to work as a team and see how it ended.”
Campos added that her short game was a major factor leading to her team-low finish. She’ll look to continue that trend on Thursday when she, along with Song, compete in the CIF-SS Individual Finals in addition to the team finals.
“We really haven’t talked about it together, but I’m sure later this week or even the day of the tournament we will motivate each other and we will have a lot of support for each other,” said Campos.
At the CIF-SS SCGA Team Qualifier, the top four teams will advance to the CIF/SCGA Southern State Regional Championship.
As for the CIF-SS Individual Finals, the top 28 players move on to the CIF/SCGA Southern State Regional Championship.