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Playoff hole decides NorCal girls golf title

Grizzlies qualify for state championship
By: Nick Pecoraro
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LODI– It took a one-hole playoff to decide the Northern California girls golf champion Monday at Woodbridge Country Club in Lodi.

Granite Bay’s Yena Jang had four birdies on the back nine to tie Carondelet’s Carissa Wu for the individual lead after 18 holes. But Wu parred the playoff hole to become the NorCal champion.

Jang finished at a 1-under-par 71 for the Grizzlies, who also finished second as a team with a 392 collective score to qualify for the State Championship tournament set for Nov. 14 at Victoria Golf Club in Riverside.

Yewon Jang also made four birdies for a 77, good for 18th place overall. Granite Bay’s roster included last week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Masters champion Hannah Harrison, who shot an 80 Monday, Vanessa Richani (81), Hailey Rietz (83) and Hanna Montgomery (85).

The Grizzlies lost out on the NorCal title by just two strokes to Dougherty Valley of San Ramon.

Carondelet was the third team from Northern California to qualify for the state tourney.

The top nine individual placers outside of team qualifiers who also advanced to Wednesday’s state championship included Anne Chen and Jackie Lucena of Pleasant Valley, Natalie Vo of Harker, Mika Jin of Irvington, Bridget O’Keefe of Palo Alto, Linette Jun and Cynthia Zhang of Valley Christian, Niav Layton of Castilleja and Anitra Khoth of Lincoln-Stockton.