When West Ranch golfer Zoe Campos prepares for tournaments, she thinks calm thoughts. She doesn’t get nervous or emotional about anything.
But when Campos saw her best friend Brianna Navarrosa at the CIF/SCGA Southern State Regional Championship on Thursday at Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside, she couldn’t help but feel elation.
“We usually just see each other at tournaments, but once in a while we’ll play in some stuff,” Campos said. “When we see each other, it’s pretty exciting.”
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Her excitement was amplified after she carded a 1-under 72, a score good for a ticket to the 2017 CIF State Golf Championships.
Campos tied with Navarrosa, who represents Mater Dei of Chula Vista, and Anna Dong, who plays for St. Joseph of Lakewood, for sixth place.
The top nine individual golfers who are not already on a state-qualifying team moved on.
“It’s pretty cool to represent West Ranch and I’d love to just go out there and play,” Campos said of her advancement.
The freshman said that her hitting was excellent on Wednesday and that she was also thrilled with the support she received from her Wildcat teammates. Several Cats golfers sent text messages filled with luck the morning of the tournament.
“It felt really good just to know that they have your back and that whatever happens, they’re always there for you and it gave me a smile in the morning, which made my day,” said Campos.
The CIF State Championships will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.
Campos, who was this season’s Foothill League individual champion, has never played at the course herself, but has friends have competed there.
“They say it’s a little challenging, but if you know how to get around it it’s been pretty easy,” said Campos.