The 3rd Annual Robert Murphy Invitational girls golf tournament took place Monday, Sept. 20, at the Temecula Creek Inn golf course, hosted by Great Oak High School. More than 15 teams from all over Southern California, some with two or even three groups, took to the Stonehouse and Creek course at TCI in a midseason test of their skills.

“We sincerely try to put on a well-thought-out tournament, and we hope the girls were not only challenged by the course but most importantly, enjoyed the walk, and got to meet up with either new girls or old friends,” Great Oak girls’ golf coach Rachel Reif said. “We had some exceptional shots and outstanding low scores today by Kelsey Kim [La Habra] and Jessica Li [Freshman; Great Oak].”

The final standings were as follows:

1st Place – Great Oak- 409

2nd Place – Huntington Beach- 427

3rd Place – Sage Creek – 429

Host school, Great Oak, was led by Jessica Li (73), Ariell Belser (79), Kate Watanasiripong (81), Brooke Carpenter (83), Gwyneth Dempsey (93) and Madison Murakami (100).

“It was fun watching the girls compete and congrats to our longest drive and closest to the pin winners from Yucaipa, Palm Desert and Murrieta Valley,” Reif added. “It’s always fun watching the girls get excited about the raffle prizes and I’m so glad we were able to have some fun prizes for them again this year.”

The date for next year is Sept. 26, 2022, the last Monday in September.

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