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The Orange County girls golf preview: top 10 teams, players to watch
ORANGE COUNTY TOP 10
(Records through Sept. 22)
1. Troy (7-1): The reigning CIF-SCGA SoCal champion returns four of its top-five scoring players from the June tournament, including the senior duo of Gabby Kano and Hannah Ulibarri.
2. Santa Margarita (7-0): The sizzling Eagles shot a school-record 179 last week at Coto de Caza’s South Course in a victory against Mater Dei. On Monday, they won the Rainbow Sandals tournament by one stroke over Diamond Bar at San Clemente Municipal.
3. Mater Dei (6-2): The Monarchs flexed their muscle by splitting a pair of matches against Troy. They also posted a dominant victory at the Chappy Wheeler Invitational in Rancho Mirage. Mater Dei features a strong trio in Emma Thipavong, Kate Lising and Michaela Fernandez.
4. Los Alamitos (7-1-1): The Griffins will lean on several returners in their duels against Edison and Fountain Valley in the Surf League. They placed a strong third at the Rainbow Sandals tournament behind junior Kate Younger.
5. Edison (7-2): The Chargers dropped a pair of matches to Mater Dei but return reigning Register player of the year Chloe Lam and emerging senior Hallie Brisco.
6. Fountain Valley (7-1): The Barons placed second at the West Covina tournament. They’re led by seniors Madison Le, a Long Beach State commit, and Milan Nguyen
7. Northwood (6-0): The reigning Pacific Coast League champion is off to a fast start behind freshmen Bridget Chantharath and Shivali Shrivastava and sophomore Jia Ana.
8. Huntington Beach (5-2): The Oilers return junior Chloe Griffith but are aiming to improve their depth.
9. Crean Lutheran (2-1): With the return of USC-bound Catherine Park and sophomore Elise Lee, the Saints should be tough to beat in the Empire League.
10T. Orange Lutheran (8-4): The Lancers are heating up after splitting with Yorba Linda and tying for fifth at the Rainbow Sandals tournament.
10T. Yorba Linda (6-1): The Mustangs and two-time league MVP Natalie Neal split a pair of matches against Orange Lutheran.
Also considered: Dana Hills (6-0).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Leigh Chien, University, So.
Malia Cottriel, Newport Harbor, Fr.
Gabby Kano, Troy, Sr.
Chloe Lam, Edison, So.
Madison Le, Fountain Valley, Sr.
Yurang Li, Sunny Hills, So.
Catherine Park, Crean Lutheran, Sr.
Chutimon Rujiranan, Anaheim Discovery Christian, Fr.
Victoria Wang, Aliso Niguel, Fr.
Jade Zamora, Santa Margarita, Sr.
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