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Crista Izuzquiza Qualifies For State Golf Championships

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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 11:15 am

When the fall sports season started, this column noted that Islander senior Crista Izuzquiza was among a small handful of the best golfers in San Diego County. As the season progressed, she was in the top three by stroke average and played almost her entire season shooting under par. We can now expand upon Crista’s ranking in the golf world, as she finished in a tie for first at the end of 18 holes in the CIF SoCal Regional Golf Championships played last week at the Brookside Gold Club in Pasadena. The only damper on the outing was that she lost the outright title to Jasmine Leovao from El Camino High School in a one-hole playoff.

Islander Head Golf Coach Stuart Gordon described Izuzquiza’s round. “She dropped three shots in the first five holes, and was three over par. Over the next 12 holes, she actually had five birdies. She missed a putt on the last hole for a birdie that would have made her the overall winner. It was a four-foot putt, but the greens were bumpy and very fast. They rolled them and cut them, but they were still bumpy. Any downhill putt was fast. Crista played really well. On the playoff hole, she out-drove Leovao by 10 yards and Crista had a two-foot curvy putt and she didn’t play the break. So she was the runner-up with a 71.”

Heading into the State Championships to be played Tuesday at the Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Izuzquiza is the No. 2 overall seed in the tournament. The course is 5,921 yards, with a par 71 layout. It will be a family affair for Crista, as both of her parents will be in attendance Tuesday for the State Finals. Izuzquiza was scheduled to tee off at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Islander junior Mary Damian also participated in the regionals with Izuzquiza. “Mary was in front of Crista after five holes,” Coach Gordon said. “But Mary dropped 10 shots and shot a round of 83. She played well.”

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