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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2019 1:42 pm | Updated: 4:23 pm, Fri Aug 23, 2019.

The basic facts of the Islander Girls Golf Team’s season opening match victory over Morse High School are this, the score was Coronado 221 and Morse 246 for a match played at National City. But a phone call placed to Head Coach Stuart Gordon confirms the fact that the Islanders are going to be good, maybe really good, this year.

Typically in high school golf, a coach picks six golfers to compete in a match, with the best five scores totaled to create the team score. Since this was the beginning of the season, Gordon sent eight golfers out to play, to gain experience. Two of the players, juniors Samantha Lorr and Annie Holland return to the team from last year, with the other six players all being freshmen. 

“Samantha Lorr was our captain for the match, and she shot a 39,” Gordon explained. “Annie Holland shot a 42. Our freshmen include identical twins Muriela Avanni and Natalia Avanni and you can’t tell the difference between them. Muriela shot a 42 and Natalia shot a 46. Then Sophie Holland, who is Annie’s younger sister and has one of the best golf swings I have ever, seen, shot a 52. She had a couple of rough holes, but she is going to be very good. In all of our practice rounds, she was beating Annie. At Coronado Municipal, she was shooting in the low 40’s. And we have Morgan Arendt, who is a freshman and she shot a 55. National City isn’t the best of courses and they have a thick rough where it is very easy to lose the ball.”

Not included in the narrative thus far is senior Team Captain Crista Izuzquiza, who Gordon says is among a select handful of the best golfers in San Diego County. August 5-11, 2019, Izuzquiza competed in the 119th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships at the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi. “Crista qualifying for the Women’s Amateur was a very huge deal,” Gordon said. “She finished 134th out of a field of 158. The weather in Mississippi wasn’t good.” Keep in mind also that 1,375 women participated in 24 qualifying events to even compete at Old Waverly.

Izuzquiza, who summers in Spain, will return to Coronado for the start of school year this week, where not by accident, the team’s strength of schedule picks up dramatically. Monday, Aug. 19, Coronado played Mission Bay at Mission Bay and Tuesday the Islanders hosted University City at Coronado Municipal. Later in the week, Coronado travels to Colina Park Golf Course for a match with the La Jolla Vikings.

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