Girls’ golf defeats Sequoia, extends win streak

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Photo courtesy of Traci Kreppel

Burlingame and Sequoia golf athletes stand together for a group photo following their match on Thursday, Sept. 29 at Mariners Point Golf Center in Foster City.

Arshia Chakravartti, Senior Reporter

On Thursday, Sept. 29, girls’ golf (7-1 overall) emerged victorious against Sequoia High School, ending the match with a 227-190 lead over the Ravens.

The win extended the team’s win streak to five games and boosted them into second place in the Ocean Division as league play nears its end. 

“I think the team is really strong, having moved down a division,” senior Sophia Ibanez said. “From not winning matches last year to winning almost all of them this year, I feel like we’ve really worked well together.”

Head coach Traci Kreppel echoed Ibanez’s message, emphasizing the team’s perseverance and their desire to develop over the course of the season.

“I’m just really proud of the girls. I’m really proud of them for working so hard and their determination,” Kreppel said. “The whole team is improving…everyone keeps getting better and better. So, it’s just really nice to see.”
The Panthers’ sizable improvement can also be attributed to players gaining more experience on the golf course.

“I am performing better than I did last year. I think that practice has a lot to do with that,” sophomore Reese Bardsley said. 

From the first match of the season, junior Ellie Dowd has stood out as a top-notch player, and her scores have only grown more impressive with time. 

Dowd ended the matchup against Sequoia with a total score of 30, one of her best scores this season. 

“Ellie almost got a hole in one on the sixth hole, and that was super exciting. So, she birdied that one,” Kreppel said. 

Ibanez’s performance, similarly, has been exceptional this season. Although this is her first year in the program, Ibanez has been playing golf for about eight years. Against the Ravens, she ended with a score of 34, capitalizing on three pars in a row.

The Panthers will now prepare for the final stretch of the regular season, with two matches remaining. 

“I think that everyone’s a little tired right now because the newness has worn off, and school’s getting really hard and everyone just kind of needs a break. So you know, we’re gonna finish strong,” Kreppel said.