Tina Nagai leads Notre Dame to impressive effort at Mission League girls' golf tournament
Notre Dame entered Thursday's Mission League nine-hole girls' golf tournament as the favorite to win the match at Encino Golf Course, having won nine of the last 10 league titles.
Although its opponents mounted a challenge during stretches, Notre Dame relied on experience to distance itself from the rest of the pack to finish with a winning score of 208.
Harvard-Westlake kept things interesting for a while, but faded down the stretch and shot 226. Alemany was third at 249, followed by Chaminade (253), Flintridge Sacred Heart (266), Marymount (285) and Louisville (302).
"We're expected to take the league title and moved a step closer today," Notre Dame coach Ann McClung said. "We've had the ball rolling in the right direction for a few years now. Our girls take a lot of pride in being the best. We want to keep the tradition going strong."
No individual champion was crowned during the team-scored event Thursday. That honor will be determined Oct. 15 and 18.
The Knights' Tina Nagai finished with a low round of 39. She had consecutive birdies, on holes Nos. 5, 6 and 7. Her one bogey did not prevent Nagai from besting her teammate and two-time league most valuable player Katelyn Reynolds, who shot 40. Janet Yeo also shot 40 for the Knights.
"I felt good today out on the course," Nagai said. "The thing about golf is, you have to understand that you can only control so much. You have to let things happen sometimes."
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