Senior Natalia Avanni taps in a putt on the par three ninth hole at Coronado Golf Course.

Last week, the Coronado Islander women’s golf team won two successful championship games to go 4-4 overall and 3-0 in the WHL, putting them first in a fiercely competitive league.

On Wednesday, September 14, the Islanders traveled to La Jolla Country Club to take on the La Jolla Vikings. The course itself was perfectly maintained with pristine fairways and lightning fast greens. The breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean combined with the gentle slopes of the course for a memorable experience.

As always, the girls cut a fine figure in uncharted territory. None of the Islanders had ever set foot in the country club, let alone played the course. Junior Ines Izuzquiza was the game’s medalist with an impressive round of par 36 to one over. Bella Villarin followed closely with a score of two on the par 37 after a handful of three putts. Jasmine Lo carded a 44, and twins Marielle and Natalia Avani completed the Islanders with scores of ten on par 45.

Despite the difficult setup, the course rating was only 34.7, which means a beginner golfer would average 34.7 shots for the first nine. Accumulating a score of 207, the Islanders once again put in a solid performance on unfamiliar ground. The Vikings lost the match due to more than one player capping their score at double par plus one for at least one of the holes.

The next day, the Islanders were back at their home golf course at Coronado Golf Course to play league rival Scripps Ranch. Once a formidable opponent and the Islanders’ biggest competitors, the Falcons had only three participating players, resulting in an automatic forfeit and another win for the Islanders.

Scores that day were consistent among players. Izuzquiza and Villarin are tied for medalists with rounds of par-39 threes after both found the water hazard on the par-four eighth hole. Lo was next with a solid six over par 42. Mariella Avanni followed with a 43, matching her personal best for the season so far. Junior Emilie Scheurer topped the Islanders with a nine-over-par 45, which she shot in the last three straight games.

Senior Mariella Avanni plays on the first par four hole of the Coronado Golf Course.

The Islanders are currently ranked 6th in San Diego County with a team differential of 24.15 less than four strokes behind Rancho Bernardo. The girls also maintained their position atop the WHL standings with a 3-0 record.

Next week, the Islanders are looking to take on Our Lady of Peace at Riverwalk Golf Club on Tuesday, September 20. The girls are also looking to face their biggest WHL competition, Cathedral Catholic High School, on Thursday, September 22. With their advantage on the home course, the Islanders will be hoping to stay atop the WHL standings as these two games will be crucial to their record. Cathedral and OLP trail just behind Coronado with an impeccable 2-0 league record.

Find the Coronado team and the individual results here.

Find CIF San Diego County Girls Golf Results here.