ROCKLIN — It’s always nice for a coach when a plan is made and the team goes for it and executes it perfectly. And it’s better when it happens in the postseason.
The Davis High girls golf team did just that on Monday, taking second place at the Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional tournament and earning a spot at next week’s Masters event.
DHS shot a team score of 437 on the par-72 Sunset Whitney course, edging host Rocklin by two strokes and finishing behind St. Francis (424). Those three teams plus fourth-place Granite Bay will compete at the Masters.
“With an 8 a.m. start, it was really chilly and the course was wet (so) the scores from Davis were about what was expected,” said Devil coach Rhonda Mohr. “In Divisionals, you have to just stay steady and try not to make any big numbers on any one hole. That’s what these girls did, and it paid off.”
Playing especially well was Davis junior Emily Masiel, who paced the team with a 78 and tied for fifth overall with St. Francis’ top finisher, Ileanna MacDonald, each of whom earned a medal for low scores.
The rest of the locals — who each received a patch for being part of the second-place finish — also had strong outings, as Ji Hye Lee (85), Yuexin Xiang (90) Hayley Mitchel (90) and Kaity Honeychurch all shot 94 or better and Casey Harris came in with a 96.
It’s that type of consistent performance that Mohr said will help the Blue Devils have success when they travel to Stockton for the Masters tournament, which will be played at The Reserve.
“The team is familiar with The Reserve,” Mohr added. “Davis will just have to play within its game and try to get a few more scores in the 80′s in order to finish as one of the top three teams (at Masters) and thus earn a spot at NorCals.”