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LBHS Girls Golf wins big on Tuesday at home

Laguna Beach Girls Golf (1-2) won a big match at home on Tuesday, defeating Samueli Academy by over 60 strokes, 221 to 289. 

Junior Kennedy Roller led the way at 41, with Senior Sarah Hollinshead finishing just one stroke behind at 42.

Sarah, Maya, Kenya, Kennedy, Gigi

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 (L-R) Sarah Hollinshead, Maya Vidas, Kenya Ripley-Dunlap, Kennedy Roller, and Gigi DiMond at the scenic Ben Brown’s course on Tuesday


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LBHS Girls’ number one fan showed up to root the team on

The next day, on Wednesday, the team traveled to Tustin Ranch to face Crean Lutheran, and struggled some, according to Coach Jon Hendrickson.

“Long course for us and it showed,” said Coach Hendrickson. We’ve got some work to do.”

However, Coach Hendrickson was quick to point out the positive takeaways from the match too,

“First of all, I want to stress to all players and parents that golf is HARD. It is a tough sport to master and one that we are all trying to get better at each and every day. Measuring one’s ability against another is never a recipe for success. We should be measuring ourselves against the golf course and against our own ability,” he said on the team’s website.

“While our team score is not great compared to Crean Lutheran or [Tuesday’s] round at Ben Brown’s, there were little things I saw today which I was extremely proud of. These small moments each day make me happy…here are a few:

(1) Jaden (Shalala) played as a freshman in her first varsity match, shot a 56, and never had to pick up. Finished every hole.

(2) Kennedy (Roller) birdied hole #3 and was our medalist again with a 51.

(3) Maya (Vidas) pumped a driver over 200 yards.

(4) Kenya (Ripley-Dunlap) stepped up and drilled her tee shot to 10 feet.

(5) Gigi (DiMond) was only 11 over with 2 holes to play.

(6) Claire (Smithers) hit a great tee shot on a long par 3.

“Like I said…look for the little things that you did well and find ways to improve each and every day. Golf is a lifelong pursuit and we are on our way!”

Well said, Coach!

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