It may not have been a typical season, but the H-DNL girls certainly had fun on the golf courses over the past five weeks, and when all was said and done there was no doubt who this year’s champion was.
On Thursday at Beau Pre, McKinleyville senior Isabella Sundberg completed a season sweep with her fifth victory in five rounds, winning the title by a remarkable 53 strokes.
Sundberg capped her outstanding season with a round of 82 on Thursday, 11 strokes better than the field.
The Panthers standout displayed tremendous consistency and did not shoot more than 88 all season. Her last three rounds were all 83 or better.
Mari Pepper led an impressive showing from the Arcata Tigers this season and finished second in the final standings after shooting a 99 on Thursday.
Her teammate Kate Plumley was second best on the day with a round of 93 and placed third in the final season standings, just two strokes back of Pepper.
“It was a great year,” said long-time Arcata coach Troy Ghisetti. “The girls were out there all enthused and they all did a great job.”
Brook Bisgrove shot a 99 to tie Pepper for the third best round of the day and placed fourth in the season standings, giving the Arcata girls three of the top-four finishers.
McKinleyville’s Sofie Sundberg shot a 103 and Eureka’s Marissa Highley shot a 105 to round out the top six golfers on Thursday, followed by Fortuna’s Theo Nelson (110) and Gracie Betts (111), Arcata’s Kyra Always (112) and Del Norte’s Molly Slayton (113).
Betts enjoyed a good season and placed fifth overall, followed in turn by Always, Highley, Sofie Sundberg, Slayton, Nelson, Eureka’s Ileah Brannon and Arcata’s Avary Meadows to round out the top 12.
The Tigers comfortably were the top team on the season, outdistancing second-placed McKinleyville by a remarkable 371 strokes.
“The team scores have been really, really good,” Ghisetti said of his Tigers. “I wish we could have gone to sections. We could have been a top-three team.”
Eureka was third in the season standings, followed by Fortuna, Del Norte and St. Bernard’s
Allyson Hagler was the top St. Bernard’s golfer on Thursday with a 124, while Madelyn Shanahan led the Crusaders on the season.