Song’s crescendo

Prep golf: Wild­cat fin­ishes prep ca­reer in post­sea­son

The Signal - - Sports - By Ha­ley Sawyer Sig­nal Sports Ed­i­tor

West Ranch’s Noelle Song played her last round of prep golf on Thurs­day at the CIF SCGA SoCal Re­gional Cham­pi­onship at Brook­side Golf Course in Pasadena.

Song fin­ished tied for 44th af­ter card­ing a 6-over. Only the top nine golfers at the event moved on to the state cham­pi­onship, which will be held on Nov. 14 at Vic­to­ria Club in River­side.

“My mind­set was to shoot a con­sis­tent score and treat it as any other tour­na­ment,” Song said. “The fact that my coach and par­ents were there to watch me is what kept me mo­ti­vated.”

The tour­na­ment capped a suc­cess­ful year for Song that fea­tured a Foothill League in­di­vid­ual ti­tle. Av­er­ag­ing

38.8 across six league meets, Song was named medal­ist in three meets while ty­ing for the honor in two oth­ers.

The se­nior qual­i­fied for the SoCal Re­gional Golf Cham­pi­onships af­ter record­ing a 4-over at the CIF-South­ern Sec­tion In­di­vid­ual girls golf fi­nals at River Ridge Golf Course in Ox­nard on Nov. 1.

Song had seen Brook­side’s course be­fore, mak­ing it eas­ier to nav­i­gate sev­eral tricky yardages. She also worked on her short game lead­ing up to the CIF tour­na­ment, which helped her sink a long putt for a birdie on one oc­ca­sion.

“I’m go­ing to fo­cus more to­wards my short game,” Song said prior to the match, “es­pe­cially be­cause I know I can get my shots to be set up to­wards the green, but all in all, it mat­ters about get­ting the ball in the hole, so I’m go­ing to be work­ing on putting drills and chip­ping drills to re­ally dial in my short game.”

Song now hopes to con­tinue her play­ing ca­reer in col­lege and has a few wise words for up­com­ing West Ranch golfers.

“Be pa­tient with the game and take it for what it is,” she said. “Keep prac­tic­ing and pro­gress­ing through­out the year and you will see im­prove­ments. And over­all, have fun be­cause the four years go by in the blink of an eye.”

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West Ranch girls golf’s Noelle Song was elim­i­nated from the CIF post­sea­son in the CIF SCGA SoCal Re­gional Cham­pi­onship at Brook­side Golf Course in Pasadena on Thurs­day.

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