Burlingame has undergone a drastic loss in members over the past year. Last year, the team kept 18 out of 36 athletes who tried out, while this year, they kept 15 out of 15. The team “lost a lot of good seniors” over the past year so they are “basically rebuilding [the team] this year,” coach Joe Dito said.
With four losses at the beginning of this season against San Mateo, Hillsdale and Menlo-Atherton twice, the Panthers are “off to a bit of a rough start” according to seniors Payton Toomey and Karina Mori. The team did win one match against Mills at its home course at Poplar Creek.
Despite these early setbacks, “the team does show some promise,” according to Dito. “I love the team spirit and camaraderie amongst these girls. They work hard everyday at practice. They’re really excited to come out onto the course and compete with their fellow competitors from the other schools.”
Burlingame’s next match is against Hillsdale on Oct. 2 at the Poplar Creek Golf Course in Burlingame.