It was the final round of the season this past two weeks for the wildly successful Islanders Girls Golf team. The only thing that could make the season perfect would be to capture a CIF Title.
To start the week, the Islanders had to compete in a three-team playoff match versus El Capitan and Oceanside. The Islanders, being the highest seed of the three teams, earned a huge advantage, as the match was played at their home course here in Coronado. With the home-field advantage, the Islanders easily rolled both the visiting teams, winning the match by 18 strokes.
Bella Villarin would shoot the low round on the day with an even-par 36. Mariella Avanni would post a nice round of 43, Malia Perry would shoot a 50, Natalia Avanni would post a 55, and Madeline Tulagan would round off the round with a 58.
With the win, the Islanders would advance to the CIF Championship, which in total would consist of 106 players from 22 total schools around San Diego County. About as big and competitive of a field as you can find.
Over the next two days, the Islanders would battle hard and find themselves in eighth place overall and third overall in CIF Division II in the pool of the 20 plus schools who were competing. The Islanders nearly qualified for the CIF Division II regionals but finished just strokes behind Mater Day for the second place and spot in the regional playoffs.
Of course, the ultimate goal was to bring home the CIF title, but take a moment and realize how much this team accomplished. The Islanders took home their third consecutive Western League Title with an overall record of 14-5, finished in third place in CIF Division II, and finished the season as the No.8 overall team in San Diego county. That’s one heck of a year.
And the Islanders won’t be going away anytime soon, as with a team that was made up of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, this team is extremely young and talented and will surely make noise again in 2022.