It was a rather short, and yet a rather important, week of play for the Islanders women’s golf team.
The current leaders of the tough Western League, the Lady Islanders faced perhaps their toughest test this season as they welcomed league rival Scripps Ranch High School.
In the pre-match one would assume Coronado, would have the upper hand. Tuesday’s match was set at Coronado Municipal golf course, where the Islanders held an impressive 3-1 record this season.
However, Coronado would be without their top scorer sophomore Ines Izuzquiza, putting the favor perhaps in the visiting Falcon’s hands. Despite missing their lead scorer, the Islanders would still battle hard.
Leading all scores was Islander Bella Villarin. Villarin posted a fantastic score on the day with a four-over 40, marking the second time she has finished as a medalist this season. Not far behind was Jasmine Lo who again shined as she carded a five-over 41, a top-three overall match round.
Elsewhere on the course Malia Perry and junior Mariella Avanni would fire off rounds of 46 each, and junior Natalia Avanni would round out the match for Coronado with a 48.
Even with clean rounds for all Islanders, Coronado would fall to the visiting Falcons 214-221, handing Coronado its first league loss of the season, just their fourth overall, and making things just a tad tighter in the standings.
While the loss does hurt a bit, there is still a silver lining that will factor in a big way come playoff time.
Before last Tuesday’s match, the Islander Score differential improved from 28.42 to 28.39, and with differential weighing so heavy for CIF playoffs even the slightest movement can be important come time for playoff seeding.
For those who are unaware of what “differential” is in golf, it is defined by the United States Golf Association as: “The performance of around in relation to the relative difficulty of the course that was played, measured by the Course Rating and Slope Rating.”
Even with the loss, it should also be noted that the Islanders remain the No.8 ranked team in the county and the number three overall team in Division II.
Looking forward to this week the Islanders will be back to a heavy slate with three crucial league matches versus Our Lady of Peace, Cathedral Catholic, and Point Loma. Fortunately for Coronado, all three will be played here in Coronado, giving the Islanders a solid upper hand and three teams they have already bested this season.