HS Girls’ Golf: Southwestern League action is heating up on the fairways

Last season’s overall league champion, Venecia Zaia of Vista Murrieta High School, pays close attention to her tee shot in last week’s matchup against Murrieta Mesa. Andrez Imaging photo

The Southwestern League ladies of the links have been hard at work so far this season, and with league action now underway, there’s no telling where the ball is going to land. Matchups last week included Vista Murrieta High School versus Murrieta Mesa High School, Temecula Valley High School versus Great Oak High School and Chaparral High School versus Murrieta Valley High School. Vista Murrieta, led by Venecia Zaia, barely escaped a red-hot Murrieta Mesa team, who was being led by sophomore Angela Heo. Two strokes separated the teams when the dust cleared (208-210).

“Angela is considered one of the top girls around and has a special talent,” head coach Ryan Ridley said. “We have two other girls, sophomore Mia Golovich and multisport athlete and a foreign exchange student from Italy, senior Carlotta Rusticelli. Both are consistently shooting top scores. It was a tough match against Vista Murrieta. I think most matches between them, Temecula Valley, Great Oak and us will be determined by a handful of strokes. I’m excited about how competitive it will be and to see how the girls finish as a team and how successful individual girls will play. That’s what’s cool about golf, team play and individuals.”

Over in Temecula another match took place between Temecula Valley and Great Oak last week, and it would be the Lady Golden Bears prevailing for the first time in school history, winning 205-213. Jordyn Parr, who is verbally committed to San Jose State University in 2020 to play women’s golf, has been playing on the varsity team for four years now at Temecula Valley and is helping lead the way for the Lady Golden Bears with last year’s All-League teammates, Emma Mahaffey and Jordyn Janert.

The final matchup of the first week of Southwestern League play went the way of the Murrieta Valley Lady Nighthawks, who defeated Chaparral.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.