Congratulations to the Varsity Girls' Golf team for winning the 2017 SPC championship. After taking a seven stroke lead on day one, the Mavericks finished the tournament with a school-record low of 464 points, 16 shots ahead of runner-up EHS. Christine Wang '20 finished first overall (75 - 69), followed by Denise Pan '20 in third (77 - 76), and Morgan Sholeen '18 in sixth (85 - 82). Grace Wilson '17 finished in 8th (89 - 85). This is the first SPC title for St. John's Girls' Golf.
Winning the Girls’ SPC Golf championship usually requires a team score of around 500. Scores in the 510’s and 520’s are competitive. EHS won the 2016 girls’ title with a score of 508. This year EHS Knights put up a phenomenal tally of 480, but it was only good enough for second place, 16 points behind the 2017 first time winner, St. John’s Mavericks. The Mavericks put up a conference record team score of 464 to dominate the field at Cypresswood, a course that was longer, tighter and more difficult than any of the tournament golf courses played in the past decade.
St. John’s was led by first place individual winner Christine Wang ’20 (75-69), Denise Pan ’20 in third place (77-76), and Morgan Sholeen ’18 in sixth (85-82). Grace Wilson ’17 shot (89-85) for eighth place. Wang had a rough start on Monday shooting 41 (5 over par) on the first nine holes, but went on to score 5 under par for the remaining 27 holes, setting the tone for the remainder of the tournament. Pan put up a 77 on day one to complement Wang’s 75. Sholeen shot an 85 good for sixth, but EHS’s top three players were in the hunt, finishing fourth, fifth, and seventh at the end of day one.
On day two the Knights improved their top three scores by eight shots, and St. John’s answered with a net difference of 10 shots by Wang, Pan, and Sholeen.
“The clutch performance by SJS #5 player, Mogan Sholeen was huge,” said head coach Jack Soliman. “After shooting an 85 on day one, effectively stretching the SJS lead by an additional 4 strokes, Morgan came through with her career tournament round of 82. News of her score effectively spelled the end of a hard-fought EHS day-two effort.”
Sholeen, the number five golfer for St. John's, was matched up with fives from other schools. As the tournament was winding down, Sholeen was heating up for a record round, good enough for the Mavericks' third best score.
"I was just tired of being in the fifth spot and I thought I was better than my previous scores," said Sholeen. "For the tournament I did my routine and focused on one shot at a time and not the score, visualizing the shot and then hitting it. I stayed calm and I tried to keep it together but there were a couple of holes I stared thinking ahead and faltered. I recovered and played well, but I'm mad I doubled the last hole for the 82."
As it turned out, EHS scored their program's historical low of 236, but SJS finished the day with 229. While the two freshmen, Wang and Pan, were fabulous, Morgan Sholeen was the behind-the-scenes, unsung hero, and now is ready to go out and break 80.