Former Great Oak standout who played at the University of Iowa, Monika Poomcharoen, finished in a four-way tie for second place at a recent Cactus Tour event in Palm Desert. Valley News/Courtesy photo

By Derryl Trujillo

— It has been a busy few weeks for women golfers that compete, not only here in the valley, but at a national level as well.

Temecula’s Monika Poomcharoen finished second in the Cactus Tour event

At the end of July, two Palm Desert golf courses that are slated to host the LPGA Tour Q-School stage one events, also combined to host a Cactus Tour event, which always draws a large field. One entrant in the event was Monika Poomcharoen, a standout player from Great Oak who played at the University of Iowa. This was her fourth start of the year and her best one. After recording two other top five finishes earlier in the year, Poomcharoen used rounds of 72-70-70=212 (-4) to finish in a four-way tie for second and take home $1,500 for the week. Hsin Yu Lu, an amateur, won the event with rounds of 72-69-67=208 (-8).

Trio of valley golfers at California Women’s Amateur Championships

San Luis Obispo Country Club hosted the 56th California Women’s Amateur Championship from July 25 to July 30. Three valley residents entered the event, but only one in Vista Murrieta’s Lauren Sammon (a junior-to-be), reached match play. Sammon shot rounds of 73-78=151 to qualify for match play but fell one down to San Diego’s Taylor Riley.

Murrieta’s Breanna Noble shot rounds of 80-75=155 to miss a playoff for the final match play spot by three shots while Temecula’s Jordyn Parr (Temecula Valley/San Jose State) shot rounds of 76-83=159 and also failed to qualify for match play. Annika Borrelli won the title with a 5 and 4 win over San Jose State fifth year senior Antonia Malate.

Pair of valley golfers at SCGA Women’s Amateur Championships

Two weeks ago, San Diego Country Club was the site of the 8th Annual SCGA Women’s Amateur Championships. Murrieta’s Elina Kuang (Murrieta Mesa) finished in a tie for 21st place after shooting rounds of 75-75-77=227 (+11). Also entered, but not making the two-round cut, was Temecula’s Kaila Higgins (Great Oak/Chapman/Cal State San Marcos) with rounds of 87-80=167 (+23). West Covina’s Ashley Yun won the title with rounds of 75-67-71=213 (-3).

Michaels withdraws from LPGA Tour stop in Ireland

After making a cut at the EPSON Tour’s FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship with rounds of 74-70-72=216 to finish T60 ($666), former Temecula resident Sydnee Michaels missed last week’s EPSON Tour cut at French Lick in Indiana with rounds of 76-73=149.

She was slated to play in this week’s ISPS Handa World Invitational Presented by AVIV Clinics, an event in which she earned a top five a year ago, before withdrawing with back spasms.

Derryl Trujillo has been a sportswriter in the area since 2018 and is a 2019 winner of the IEBCA Supporter of the Year award. He can be reached by email at