Left to right: freshman Hannah Jugar, junior Mackayla Swanson
Jugar and Swanson win the First Team medals at the Metro Mesa League Championship on October 19 ast the Admiral Baker Golf Course. This victory qualified them for the first round of the CIF tournament on November 3.
by Katherine Neuner
Junior, Mackayla Swanson, and freshman, Hannah Jugar, set a school record on Nov. 3 and 5 respectively, as the first girls varsity golf players from Bonita Vista to participate in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Championships. These players qualified to CIF at Admiral Baker by ranking third and second respectively out of all players in the Metro Mesa League.
“I feel great about it, I really do. I knew they would make it that far from the start. They did not think that they would, [but] they are the best girls in [the] South Bay [region],” girls golf coach Jerome Bowman said.
Out of the 138 players in the first CIF round, Swanson and Jugar both scored within the top 28 players, qualifying them for the second round. At the 18 hole course, Swanson shot a 90 in the first round and a 91 in the second round.
“I would say I played better my second day because after Tuesday I got used to [the course] and got over all my nervous jitters. Thursday was a lot more fun for me too,” Swanson said.
On the other hand, Jugar believes that the second round was much more difficult. For this round, all of the tees were moved back, causing the whole course to be at least 300 yards longer. Although both rounds she scored 80, she believes she could have scored lower if the course had not been modified.
“The back nine was already far enough with the forward tees, and it just made [playing] a lot harder with the back tees. So, I could not get on the green in regulation for most of the back nine,” Jugar said.
Unfortunately, neither of them continued on to the third round. In order to qualify for Regionals, players need to be among the top 12 of the 28 players in the second round. Jugar almost qualified, placing 13th.
“I’m pretty mad that I didn’t [qualify for Regionals]. I was only one stroke away from making it and I missed so many small putts. Now looking back at the small putts, I bet I could make it with my eyes closed. I’m really mad that I missed those,” Jugar said.
Staying composed under pressure is a factor to performing well in these small putts. Jugar states that this was especially difficult at CIF, because she was playing with a more advanced group and also much of the tournament was televised.
“I think when the camera people started to follow them, Hannah was not used to that light and the camera following her, [so] she got a little nervous,” Bowman said.
Despite this, Coach Bowman sees this past season as a huge success for the BVHS girls golf team, with two players who advanced to the second round of CIF and playing among the best 28 players of the prestigious tournament.
“I’m really proud of my girls; they did a great job and went a long way. I anticipate that [next season] they are going to go much further. Next year, we are going to be the best that we can be. Golf is a difficult sport and if you want to be better, you have to work at it,” Bowman said.