Final fall, the Canyon Crest women golfing workforce made information within the Avocado West League, tying perennial height canine Torrey Pines for the league championship, made up our minds by way of the result of a double spherical robin of twin suits all through the common season. The 2 groups went on to complete 3rd and fourth within the CIF Department I Championship in November.

Trainer Chris Drake’s Torrey Pines membership is these days ranked fourth amongst all groups in San Diego with Trainer Dustin Lackey and Canyon Crest proper at the back of at No. 5. So, which probably the most two will take height honors in 2019? Possibly neither.

There’s a brand new contender for the crown and from the appearance of what’s came about within the early season, it would simply be honest to label Carlsbad the favourite within the Avocado West. First-year Head Trainer Jared Miller, who stepped up from the junior varsity workforce halfway thru remaining season, has simply two returning gamers in his height six however boasts a dream brigade of inexperienced persons that has vaulted his squad into unchartered territory.

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CCA junior Michelle Yi grew to become in a large efficiency on the 2018 CIF Championships.

(Ken Grosse)

If Carlsbad’s No. Three CIF rating and its shiny 15-Zero document (3-Zero in league suits) wasn’t sufficient to make folks take understand, perhaps the Lancers’, 189-199, overcome Torrey Pines Wednesday afternoon at The Grand Del Mar will do the trick. Two of the precocious freshman staff—Jasmine Kahler and Tiffany Lin—each fired even par 36s (9 holes) to tempo the winners.

“This was once a large win for us, our women were looking forward to this fit,” stated San Diego local and Carlsbad Prime Faculty graduate Miller, whose 2018 outfit received a play-in fit to succeed in the CIF Playoffs ahead of being ousted within the first spherical. “They know Torrey Pines has been an excellent program, what they have got was hoping we will be able to be. For them, it was once very, very rewarding.

“Coming from the place we’ve been, this was once more or less a commentary and a basis as we begin to rebuild.”

In fact, that basis had a few cast present items within the type of sophomore Meghan Royal and junior April Lin, Tiffany’s older sister. Within the CIF’s person statistical scores, Royal, at No. 8, is Carlsbad’s height access (one spot forward of Kahler) and in September received the celebrated Toyota Excursion Cup Invitational for Women 15-18 at L. a. Costa Hotel & Spa. Royal and Kahler were the Lancers’ maximum constant people with Tiffany Lin now not some distance at the back of. The league banner is unquestionably of their attractions.


Torrey Pines senior Summer season Yang is one of the segment’s very best gamers.

(Ken Grosse)

“I believe more or less like Steve Kerr with the Golden State Warriors,” smiled Miller. “I got here right into a state of affairs the place we now have a number of skill, all of them paintings laborious, like every different and love taking part in golfing.

“We’re lovely flippantly balanced and everybody in our height six has the facility to shoot an excellent rating on a given day. The Avocado West championship is considered one of our objectives and could be extraordinarily essential to us but it surely’s going to be very difficult. Torrey Pines and Canyon Crest are very, superb groups and San Marcos is coming alongside. We all know what we’re going to must carry.”

Via that he obviously method Torrey Pines and Canyon Crest don’t seem to be going to roll over. The Falcons are led by way of junior Libby Fleming, whose 36 matched Kahler and (Tiffany) Lin for medalist honors Wednesday. Proper there with Fleming is senior Summer season Yang. That pair, in conjunction with Carlsbad’s Royal and Kahler, are all ranked proper on the backside edge of the present CIF Best 10. Junior Lynne Xu and sophomore Kelsie Park each go back from remaining season’s CIF Championship aspect and Drake has a few inexperienced persons phenoms of his personal in Muzi Wei and Emily Zhou. Drake got here away inspired from the primary conflict with Carlsbad.

“Carlsbad’s just right, they’ve were given some nice younger gamers up-and-down their lineup,” stated Drake. “I feel we performed in point of fact smartly and had considered one of our very best rankings of the 12 months however unquestionably left some pictures available in the market.

“It wasn’t our very best however lovely shut. I’m excited to get every other shot at them and shut the space.” That chance will come Oct. Eight at The Crossings in Carlsbad.


Carlsbad’s sophomore standout Meghan Royal.

(Ken Grosse)

In the meantime, Canyon Crest is ready within the wings. CCA’s outfit options all six contributors of its 2018 CIF roster however the Ravens document is simply 3-Five as Lackey has taken a singular solution to his early season agenda.

“Now we have 11 gamers and we’ve attempted to play a difficult agenda with numerous suits early, giving each woman revel in,” stated Lackey, whose workforce’s ledger contains losses to Rancho Bernardo and Scripps Ranch who completed 1-2 in remaining 12 months’s CIF Department I event standings. “There’s no hurt accomplished taking a couple of losses within the pre-season whilst operating on discovering the very best mixture.”

Distinguished amongst Lackey’s veterans are senior Isabel Heaton, juniors Michelle Yi and Miranda Xu and sophomore Sofina Firouzi. Firouzi is CCA’s top-ranked participant this present day, conserving down the No. 16 spot, whilst Yi demonstrated what she’s in a position to remaining season, main the CIF Championship box in the course of the first 18 holes and incomes a berth within the CIF Southern California Championship at Pasadena.

“The league suits are going to be in point of fact difficult and the revel in we’ve evolved up to now must be useful,” stated Lackey. The Ravens are 1-Zero in league motion with a gap overcome San Marcos. They’ll bounce in complete pressure this week, tangling with Torrey Pines Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Rancho Santa Fe Golfing Membership and dealing with Carlsbad seven days later at Aviara.

All 3 contenders have each reason why to imagine they’ll handiest beef up over the following month. Carlsbad’s early life figures to proceed maturing, Torrey Pines will upload Pacific Ridge switch Olivia Yun, a senior, to its forged in a while and Canyon Crest has but to ship out its most powerful lineup.

“That is the hardest choice of league groups I will consider in a minimum of a decade,” stated Drake, whose groups have received or tied for league titles yearly since 2007. “Statistically, we’re lovely shut and I feel it’s a state of affairs the place any day any of the highest groups can win. In the ones eventualities, it typically involves the remaining couple of gamers. There’s going to be numerous thrilling golfing forward.”

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