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Grizzlies’ Lee carries hot summer into fall season

Woodcreek improving; Roseville looks to compete; Gedeon, Holm fuel Oakmont
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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As area high school girls golf teams work to solidify their lineups for the fall season, Paige Lee remains ahead of the pack — at least in the Sierra Foothill League.

Beyond that, the course is wide open for the Granite Bay junior. Her busy and successful summer season included playing in the U.S. Women’s Amateur in Rhode Island, winning the Girls Junior Americas Cup in Nevada and helping Northern California win the team title, tying for 14th in the U.S. Girls Junior Championships in Illinois and tying for 21st in the Junior World Golf Championships at Torrey Pines.

Lee won her second consecutive SFL medalist honor last fall and finished fourth in the state tournament. She began the 2011 high school season by shooting a 3-under-par 69 and sharing medalist honors with sophomore Kelsey Ulep of Whitney at the second annual Helen Lengfeld Memorial Tournament on Wednesday at Sunset Whitney Country Club in Rocklin.

Granite Bay, which returns most of its 2010 team, won the Lengfeld championship with a 437 total, two strokes better than Lodi and Christian Brothers.

Lee overcame a bogey start by ruling the par 5s, on which she registered three of her six birdies. The par 5s measured 411, 433 and 447 yards.

“They were pretty short for me, so a good drive and a good second shot and a good chip usually left me about a good 10-footer, inside 10 feet for a birdie,” Lee said, adding that she and her coach recently “fixed” her putting. “My putting was actually really good.”

Following Lee were sophomores Deedra Dollesin and Amber Lee with 85s, junior Chiyoh Arai with a 97, senior Rachel Pae at 101 and senior Elizabeth Porter at 104.

The Grizzlies finished second to Nevada Union in the SFL last fall and second to Christian Brothers by one stroke at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Tournament. Granite Bay placed sixth at the section Masters Tournament.

“We’re pretty optimistic. We’ll compete,” Grizzlies coach Jason Sitterud said. “It’s going to be a fun time this year. The girls are great.”

Roseville

The Tigers had a team score of 533 at the Lengfeld Memorial and tied for eighth in the 13-team field.

Sophomore Virgie Velasquez shot an 81 and senior Michaela Gobron an 87 to lead Roseville. Coach Corey Fukuman said Velasquez shot a 79 to tie for second at the Nevada Union Fall Classic on Aug. 30 at Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley.

“She’s been playing a lot of summer golf, both of them,” Fukuman said.

Junior Olivia Warnock returns, and joining the varsity are junior Claudia Traina and sophomores Courtney Lemos and Natalie Farahani.

“Hopefully, we’ll be competitive,” Fukuman said.

Woodcreek

Senior co-captains Lexi Robinson and Amanda Kittle and improving sophomore Brianna Areia will lead the Timberwolves. New coach Craig Daniels said Areia “will break into the 30s before the year is over.”

Whether Woodcreek is a middle or upper-middle team in the SFL will be determined by the progress of its players in slots 4-6, according to Daniels, who also coaches JV boys basketball at Antelope.

“If we play well, we can play with anybody,” he said.

Sophomore Elyn DuShane has “played her way into the fourth spot,” Daniels said.

Senior Cameron Spahr is “in there,” Daniels said, and senior Megan Adams is “knocking on the door for the top six.” Sophomore Marissa Cho also is battling for a spot.

Oakmont

Section realignment placed the Vikings in the Capital Valley Conference last fall, and they moved in like they owned the place.

Oakmont won the CVC championship and advanced to the Division II tournament behind Blake Peterson, Ciera Leidheisl, Maddie Gedeon and Nicki Holm.

Peterson and Leidheisl graduated, but Gedeon and Holm return. Gedeon was the conference MVP in 2010, Holm made the all-league team, and both advanced to the Masters tournament.

Oakmont coach Gary Donnell said Holm is “fully capable” of competing for an All-CVC honor again. As for Gedeon …

“Maddie is an accomplished player. She plays a lot of tournament golf,” he said. “She’s basically going to determine how far she goes on.”

Gedeon shot a 76 to lead the Vikings on Wednesday, and Holm had an 88. Olivia Francis shot 120 for the Vikings, who were missing three players because of illnesses.