Golf: Sahuaro inches closer to a state berth with win over Catalinaby Andy Morales on Sep. 17, 2012, under Sports
The Sahuaro girls golf team recorded their fourth qualifying score with their victory over Catalina Monday at the Rolling Hills Golf Club.
Their top four are on their way to qualifying as individuals but a fifth team score will get the whole team in. Sophomore Desiree Hong shot another round of 30 on her home course, followed by her freshman teammate Taylor Hughes who came in with a 34.
Hughes shot a season-low 28 last week on the course she says she practically grew up on. “I’ve been playing here since I was seven,” said Hughes. “I’ve also known Desiree since I was six or seven so it’s been really nice playing here.”
Youth is the word for Sahuaro teacher and first-year coach Megan Hughes, who stepped in this year when a coaching void threatened the Cougar season. Hughes took the job only a couple of weeks before the season started and she understandably found herself caught up in all the administrative duties that all coaches know too well.
Her team is made up of underclassmen (including her daughter Taylor) who will be with the team for several years but they all have youth golf experience so that has taken a bit of the pressure off her situation.
Catalina made the trip with a full team but Courtney Wheaton and Megan Richards were unable to play due to injury and illness. Still, the team played a spirited round, led by the long drives of Justice Scales who finished with a 42.
Emily Miller contributed with a strong round of 54 and Amber Hall (72) and Oneida Vega (76) rounded out the team.
Samantha Hacker shot a 39 for the Cougars and she was followed by Rachel Blount (40), Tea Bravo (45) and Mariah Rosado (53).
Taylor looks forward to the day when her younger sister Halley will join the team. If all goes well, Halley will be a freshman during Taylor’s senior season. The Cougars just might be the team to beat by then.