Ultimate fall, the Canyon Crest women golfing staff made information within the Avocado West League, tying perennial height canine Torrey Pines for the league championship, decided 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 in the back of at No. 5. So, which one of the vital 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 could 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 staff halfway via ultimate season, has simply two returning gamers in his height six however boasts a dream brigade of learners 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 other people take realize, possibly 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 used to be a large win for us, our women were looking forward to this fit,” mentioned San Diego local and Carlsbad Top Faculty graduate Miller, whose 2018 outfit gained a play-in fit to achieve the CIF Playoffs ahead of being ousted within the first spherical. “They know Torrey Pines has been a perfect program, what they’ve was hoping we will be. For them, it used to be very, very rewarding.

“Coming from the place we’ve been, this used to be roughly 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 particular person statistical scores, Royal, at No. 8, is Carlsbad’s height access (one spot forward of Kahler) and in September gained the celebrated Toyota Excursion Cup Invitational for Ladies 15-18 at L. a. Costa Lodge & Spa. Royal and Kahler were the Lancers’ maximum constant folks with Tiffany Lin now not some distance in the back of. The league banner is undoubtedly of their points of interest.


Torrey Pines senior Summer season Yang is likely one of the phase’s best possible gamers.

(Ken Grosse)

“I think roughly like Steve Kerr with the Golden State Warriors,” smiled Miller. “I got here right into a scenario the place we’ve got a host of skill, all of them paintings onerous, like each and every different and love enjoying golfing.

“We’re lovely flippantly balanced and everybody in our height six has the facility to shoot a perfect rating on a given day. The Avocado West championship is certainly one of our objectives and can be extraordinarily necessary to us however it’s going to be very difficult. Torrey Pines and Canyon Crest are very, excellent groups and San Marcos is coming alongside. We all know what we’re going to need to deliver.”

Through that he obviously manner 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 ultimate season’s CIF Championship facet and Drake has a few learners phenoms of his personal in Muzi Wei and Emily Zhou. Drake got here away inspired from the primary conflict with Carlsbad.

“Carlsbad’s excellent, they’ve were given some nice younger gamers up-and-down their lineup,” mentioned Drake. “I feel we performed in point of fact smartly and had certainly one of our best possible ratings of the yr however undoubtedly left some photographs available in the market.

“It wasn’t our best possible 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 participants of its 2018 CIF roster however the Ravens document is solely 3-Five as Lackey has taken a novel solution to his early season time table.

“We now have 11 gamers and we’ve attempted to play a difficult time table with numerous suits early, giving each woman enjoy,” mentioned Lackey, whose staff’s ledger contains losses to Rancho Bernardo and Scripps Ranch who completed 1-2 in ultimate yr’s CIF Department I event standings. “There’s no hurt completed taking a couple of losses within the pre-season whilst running on discovering the very best mixture.”

Outstanding 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 at the present time, conserving down the No. 16 spot, whilst Yi demonstrated what she’s in a position to ultimate 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 enjoy we’ve evolved to this point must be helpful,” mentioned Lackey. The Ravens are 1-Zero in league motion with a gap overcome San Marcos. They’re going to leap in complete power 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 explanation why to consider they’ll handiest strengthen 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 solid 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 bear in mind in a minimum of a decade,” mentioned Drake, whose groups have gained or tied for league titles annually since 2007. “Statistically, we’re lovely shut and I feel it’s a scenario the place any day any of the highest groups can win. In the ones eventualities, it normally involves the ultimate couple of gamers. There’s going to be numerous thrilling golfing forward.”

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