HS Girls’ Golf: Southwestern League finals wrap up, Murrieta Mesa’s Heo earns MVP

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Angela Heo, a sophomore from Murrieta Mesa, rallied to take the medalist title after finishing second a year ago at the Southwestern League girls golf finals. Andrez Imaging.
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Angela Heo, a sophomore from Murrieta Mesa, rallied to take the medalist title after finishing second a year ago at the Southwestern League girls golf finals. Andrez Imaging.

In what was a stunning finish, Murrieta Mesa’s Angela Heo, who only lost by two strokes last year, pulled off a one-stroke victory this year over the field at the recent Southwestern League girls golf finals. Heo, who shot a 141 over her two days at the Menifee Lakes Country Club, was ousted by Venecia Zaia (a UNC-Asheville recruit) of Vista Murrieta in 2018, but this year held off a gritty run by not Zaia (3rd place; 144), but also by Jordyn Parr (a San Jose State commit), who finished with a 142.

Going into the finals it was the Great Oak and Temecula Valley teams that shared the conference title, based on their 9-1 dual-meet records. Chaparral High School was the host for the league finals where the individual competition featured 11 of the top 12 golfers from last year’s SWL Finals.

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The top eight Southwestern League girls’ golfers will move on to play in the upcoming CIF Southern Section finals. Courtesy photo.

The top eight girls’ golfers will move on to CIF and have to play off for the final All-League spot and the CIF alternate (a seldom-used designation, but one that was an unintended benefit from the 9th patch playoff). That spot went to Ashlyn Calabrase, who earned that distinction with a birdie on the first playoff hole (No. 17 on Palms Course).

“It was an exceptional year of girls golf in the Southwestern League, said Rob Hernandez, Chaparral Head Girls Golf Coach. “A year ago, a score of 100 or better made it to Day 2 of League Finals; this year it was an 87. Five of the six schools have met CIF team qualifying criteria and we are submitting at-large requests for Murrieta Mesa and Murrieta Valley to join Great Oak, Temecula Valley and Vista Murrieta in team CIF.”

The top eight Southwestern League girls’ golfers qualified for the CIF Individual Southern Regionals and also garnished first team All-League status, as did three others. The top 11 through 18 girls on the list garnished second team All-League status.

  1. Angela Heo (2022) – Murrieta Mesa – 141 – CIF – All-League
  2. Jordyn Parr (2020) – Temecula Valley -142 – CIF – All-League
  3. Venecia Zaia (2020) – Vista Murrieta – 144 – CIF – All-League
  4. Carlotta Rusticelli (2021) – Murrieta Mesa – 153 – CIF – All-League
  5. Mackenzie Carpenter (2021) – Great Oak – 153 – CIF – All-League
  6. Katelyn Parr (2023) – Temecula Valley – 155 – CIF – All-League
  7. Kate Watanasiripong (2022) – Great Oak – 159 – CIF – All-League
  8. Mia Golovich (2022) – Murrieta Mesa – 160 – CIF – All-League
  9. Ashlyn Calabrase (2021) – Temecula Valley – 162 – All-League
  10. Kailani Dugdale (2022) – Murrieta Valley – 162 – 2nd team
  11. Nazreen Ali (2021) – Great Oak163 – 2nd team
  12. Kaila Higgins (2020) – Great Oak – 169 – 2nd team
  13. Shannon Martin (2020) – Great Oak – 172 – 2nd team
  14. Ashlin Popoff (2021) – Great Oak – 175 – 2nd team
  15. Jordyn Janert (2022) – Temecula Valley – 178 – 2nd team
  16. Angela An (2022) – Vista Murrieta – 179 – 2nd team
  17. Emma Mahaffey (2022) – Temecula Valley – 185 – 2nd team
  18. Zoe Navarro (2023) – Vista Murrieta – 186 – 2nd team

The CIF Individual Southern Regionals for the eight golfers who qualified took place Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Los Serranos GC in Chino Hills. The Valley News will have those updates online as soon as they are available. The CIF Eastern Regional team competition is Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Jurupa Hills GC in Riverside.