The Liberty Lions didn’t make the cut to go on to the state tournament, but they finished first among BVAL squads, edging out Deer Valley 493-494. Junior Lei Wei shot an 83 at the Lone Tree Golf Course in Antioch, tying Antioch senior Kelsey Cast for the best BVAL golfer of the day.
Junior Betty Chen from Castro Valley posted a 71, the low score of the day. Amador Valley took first place overall, scoring 386.
“I could do better,” Wei said. “I hit the ball well, (but) I think I made a couple mental errors on the last two holes.”
Liberty head coach Josh Ellcessor was proud of the way his team fought on Monday, a nice end to a season that saw them win the BVAL tournament and finish second in the league overall to the Wolverines. “I felt like they went out and played within their ability and did a great job,” Elcessor said.
Cast, the only Panther golfer to qualify, was happy about her performance, noting that it was the best she’s ever done. Cast shot a 44 on the front side and a 39 on the back nine. She said she had a great time with her group, which relaxed her and helped her perform.
The other BVAL individual qualifier, Heritage freshman Megan Conder, finished with 84.
Deer Valley, on a 57-game regular season win streak, came into the tournament as the overall BVAL champion with high hopes. Senior Haley Edwards led the Wolverines, who were playing on their home course, with an 85. Sophomore Taylor Coover carded a 90.
“I was hitting my irons to the left a lot, so I wasn’t getting on the green as much,” Edwards said. “I think that no matter what course you’re going to, if you’re hitting good, you can score good at that course.”
Freedom, the third league team to qualify, finished with an unspectacular 563, but coaches and athletes were happy with the way the season ended. Senior Andrea Neilson’s 92 was the lead Falcon score.