The Coronado Islanders Girls golf team returned to the links this week. The fall 2021 season will bring a return to normalcy for the Girls team. As with the relaxing of COVID-19 Protocol’s here in California players now have more free access to their teammates and coaches on the course.
The 2021 team is one that you could best describe as young and talented. With no seniors on the roster, the Islanders are lead by junior co-captains Mariella Avanni and Natalia Avanni. The team also consists of three talented sophomores Ines Izuzquiza, Jasmine Lo and Bella Villarin. And rounding out this roster is skilled freshman Malia Perry.
The Islander’s first two matches this season were both versus the Broncos of Rancho Bernardo, a non-league opponent of the Islanders.
In the first of the two matches, the Islanders traveled to Bernardo Heights Country Club, one of the more difficult courses the Islanders will play at with a slope of 126 and playing 2750 yards from the red tees.
The low score on the match from the Islanders would come from Vallarin as she posted a 4-over 40. Right behind her was Izuzquiza, 5-over 41, and Lo with a 6-over, 42. Freshmen Perry would shoot a 53 in her opening round as an Islander, while Mariella Ananni and Natalia Avanni would post scores of 46 and 51, respectively.
The Islanders would end up dropping their opening match to the Broncos 220-198. Despite the loss, Head Coach Stuart Gordon talked about how encouraged he was by his team’s first match. “I think this is a team that has a ton of talent. With a group this young I think they should all really grow through the year and have an extremely strong season.”
In their Match Monday, the Islanders hosted the same Broncos squad here at Coronado Municipal Course, which has a course rating of 36.4 and a slope of 123.
Both individually and as a team, leading the way yet again for the Islanders were Villarin and Izuzquiza who both posted an even round of 37. The next best rounds for the Islanders came from Mariella Avanni and Lo who shot 45 and 46, respectively. The final two scores came from Natalia Avanni who shot a 49 and Perry who shot a 48.
Overall the Islanders improved their team scores from 220 to 213, a seven-stroke improvement. Unfortunately for the Islanders, the visiting Broncos yet again went low as a team, posting another 198 and winning the match, 198-213.
The Islanders will continue with the regular-season action this week as they will take on Poway first at Coronado Golf Course Tuesday, Aug. 24, and then again on Aug. 26, at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo.