Message from Head Coach Ann McClung
The Notre Dame girls' golf program prides itself on working hard, having fun and bringing out the best in each other - and winning championships happens to be the by-product of these things.
Our history includes 12 Mission League Championships, 3 CIF Divisional Championships and several tournament wins. In addition, the MVP of the league has been a Notre Dame golfer 13 times since 1999, which was the first year of Mission League girls’ golf program.
The young ladies who go through the program dedicate themselves to taking lessons, playing tournaments year-round and participating in the off-season conditioning program while maintaining good grades. Golfers develop excellent time management skills, patience, determination and most of all a high level of integrity. Many of our alumnae have gone on to play college golf (U of New Mexico, UC Riverside, Boston College, U of Northern Colorado, Lewis and Clark, Macalester College, CSUN), but even those who don’t take with them a love for the game that will stay with them forever. Participating in golf prepares the girls to be successful in all aspects of their future lives.
The 2015 team has a mixture of new and returning talent. Paige Hollingsworth, our senior captain, has been working hard to help our four new freshmen, Grace Bracken, Aliyah Camcam, Daniella DiPaolo and Sarah O’Brien, adjust to high school golf. Our other two returners, Kennedy Menifield ’17 and Bernie Corpin ’18, have improved tremendously over the off season and will be playing a much bigger role in our successes this year.
We have already made some great memories at “bootcamp,” which is always the last week in July. We spent the week together playing local courses and stayed overnight in Ventura, playing courses we will see during CIF competition. Although golf is a sport where you can work on your game independently, competing for your teammates adds a whole new dimension to one’s performance. Getting to know and trust each other is a vital component of high school golf. We are proud of our reputation of being a strong team who loves each other and are great people to play a round of golf with.