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October 28, 2009 > Moreau sends two to NCS

Moreau sends two to NCS

By Gary van den Heuvel

Moreau Catholic High School sent two golfers to the NCS South Qualifier, played on Monday, Oct. 26, at Las Positas Golf Course in Livermore.

Jessica Salas and Anne Wang qualified for the North Coast Section tournament by placing among the top three individual scorers not on the top two teams in the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) Championship tournament, which was played last Monday (October 19) at Oakland's Metropolitan's Golf Course. Salas shot a 90 and Wang a 108.

The HAAL tournament was dominated by Castro Valley High, who were led by Betty Chen's score of 73, 1 over par. It was the second-straight HAAL championship for the Trojans, as well as the second-straight individual win for Chen.

Castro Valley, whose cumulative score was 406, had five of the top seven finishers as they advanced to the NCS Tournament of Championships, which will be held November 2 at Baywood Country Club in Arcata.

Finishing in second place was San Leandro with a score of 511. San Leandro was led by Linda Brown, whose score of 75 was second overall. The Pirates will compete in the NCS South Qualifier on October 26. (Scores for the October 26 qualifier were not available at press.)

After going winless their previous two seasons (which were the first two seasons for the Moreau golf program), Moreau Coach Dave Baptist is encouraged by the Mariners' three victories this year. They should be even stronger next year, as both Salas and Wang will be returning seniors.

Baptist praised Salas's continued improvement. "She has all the skills of an advanced player and needs only to get more tournament experience," he said. "Beyond her obvious talent, she has a tremendous work ethic, and more importantly, she brings an incredible positive energy to our team."

Baptist described Wang as someone who's "always got a smile on her face and makes everybody on our team feel good about golf, school and.... what else is there?"

Baptist also expressed regret to be saying farewell to departing seniors Arianna David and Natalie Bright: "It's through their effort and determination that we've been able to keep a program going."

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