Davis High girls golf mentor Rhonda Mohr told The Enterprise at the onset of the 2013 season that her squad felt special this year, maybe the best she’s ever seen.
Mohr echoed that sentiment during Thursday’s outing at Wildhorse Golf Course as she watched every single one of her Blue Devils card under 90 for the first time in her seven years as coach.
So if any DHS fans didn’t believe her the first time around, well, it’s time to get with the program.
With those low scores, the Devils dominated the third Delta Valley Conference get-together with a team total of 413. Franklin finished with 525, Laguna Creek with 539, and Elk Grove with 640.
And the tournament was filled with anecdotes that spoke to the enthusiasm of the skilled Blue Devils; like junior Yuexin “River” Xiang’s celebration after her third birdie of the afternoon.
Xiang scored the second-lowest of the local girls coming in with an 80, while not far behind, with a finishing score of 82, was senior JiHye Lee.
Davis junior Emily Masiel, who earned the tournament’s top score with 76, tallied back-to-back birdies on the fifth and sixth holes. The latter birdie consisted of two shots: a well-placed drive onto the green and a smooth putt to follow through.
Masiel held her score exceptionally low until the last hole, when her tee shot sailed into a deep fairway bunker. That she ended with a triple-bogey only showed how strong she was on the other 17 holes.
Masiel said afterward that it was her best round at Wildhorse, the Blue Devils’ home course. She attributed that to the attitude she kept throughout:
“I remembered to keep my head up. I’ll make some bogeys, and make some — hopefully few of them — double bogeys, but I’ll keep focused on every shot.”
Positive thinking also allowed junior Casey Harris to recover with a par on one hole after hitting a ball out into a sand trap, preserving her low score of 86.
Seniors Hayley Mitchel and Kaity Honeychurch both scored 89 points, lower than of all but one of the individuals the DHS squad shared space with at Wildhorse on Thursday.
After winning the first two DVC tourneys by 60 and 72 strokes, the Devils knew even before Thursday that a conference title is all but assured. It’s retribution for the Blue Devils, who were edged by Franklin for the league championship in 2012.
“But I still asked them to play up,” Mohr said. “I wanted them to do as well as they could, so that they’re prepared for Divisionals and Masters. That’s what they did.”
Though DHS has one more DVC meetup — a Wednesday tournament at Wildhawk — then should advance to the Sac-Joaquin Divisionals on Oct. 21 at Sunset Whitney. After that they’re hoping for a shot at the Masters (Oct. 28) and NorCal (Nov. 4) tournaments.
“What I see out of all the girls scoring under 90 (Thursday) is that mentally they’re overcoming challenges,” Mohr said. “And that’s a big deal for being ready for tournaments like Divisionals.”
— Reach Brett Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-747-8052. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterBrett.