Women’s Golf Starts the Season Undefeated with Sights Set on Playoffs

By Jake Colaco, Print Sports Editor

// A season with much to look forward to is again underway as the women’s golf team (4-0) tries to make another impressive North Coast Section (NCS) run. 

   On Sept. 5, the Dons avenged last season’s loss with an impressive win against Miramonte by a stroke score of 283-295. 

   With only two returning varsity players, underclassmen will be expected to step into large roles on the team. Being a very coachable group, the players have seamlessly transitioned onto the varsity team. 

   “They are a committed and fun group and take instruction really well,” Head Coach Roger Chelemedos said. 

   Following the contest with Miramonte, the team played two matches against Las Lomas. On Sept. 7, the team took the win against the Knights with a stroke score of 252-267. Four days later, on Sept. 11, the Dons took another win with a stroke score of 238-258.

   One large factor for the team’s early success is captains Haley and Hana Chelemedos, who work together to motivate and push the team. 

   “Haley and Hana are the returning Varsity players, and we all look up to them. They are so nice and friendly and made it easy to adjust to the team,” sophomore Jordan Huskins said. 

   Another reason is the addition of Coach Chelemedos. He has improved the players’ individual skills and ultimately aims for a championship. 

   “My goal is to help the girls reach their potential, but golf is a very individual sport, so it is ultimately up to each of them,” Chelemedos said.

   The Dons have many critical matchups ahead of them, including Campolindo and Northgate. These local matchups will hopefully pad the team’s impressive record to this point and help the players to continue preparing for playoffs. 

   With a long season ahead, the players have much to look forward to and many goals to strive for. 

   “I think a common goal is to get to NCS finals and to meet this goal [we will] continuously practice on the range and the course as much as possible,” junior Hayley Takeshima said.

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