One Miner moves on to Masters
As Sierra Foothill League golf teams are now well aware, Nevada Union has had a pretty good crew of golfers teeing off for the Miners this fall. And the bad news for those SFL foes is all five are likely to be back again for the navy and gold next season.
The Lady Miners, who led the SFL standings from beginning to end, captured the league title after taking first place in the final 18-hole tournament on Oct. 18.
On Monday, Nevada Union took fourth place in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division II Tournament at Timber Creek Golf Course at Roseville, which ended NU’s season in team competition. The top two teams advanced to next Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet at Spanos Park near Stockton.
Among the players teeing off at the Masters will be one Miner, sophomore Emilie Arnoldi, who shot an 84 to take second place in Monday’s Division II meet. Arnoldi and junior Chelsey Love have scored near the top for the Miners throughout what has been one of the best seasons in the history of Nevada Union’s girls golf program.
“I feel like we’ve expected to perform really well,” Arnoldi said during a practice session prior to the SFL championships. “Everyone thinks we’re going to do well and we always believe we can beat every team.
“(Chelsey and I) definitely encourage each other, even though we’re competing against each other,” Arnoldi said. “We want to do well as a team, because this is definitely a team thing.”
Love shot an 88 on Monday, while her junior classmate Sydney Zink shot 87. Madeline Wagnecht had a 92 and Megan Arnett a 138. Nevada Union carded a 489 in team scoring, while Oakmont won the Division II tournament with a 471, Granite Bay was second with a 472 and Christian Brothers took third with a 483.
“I think it’s just that everyone knows their role and plays pretty efficient and we come to play,” Zink said of the team’s success this fall. “We’re all pretty close, as a group. For example, most number-five players shoot in the mid 50s (through nine holes), but our number five shoots in the mid 40s.”
The group not only has been tighter in terms of final scores, but also enjoying their time together on the team.
“We’re all just really excited, I think, to have all of us girls shooting well,” Arnett said. “All of us being friends prior to this helps us, too, I think, because you’re going to hear the truth about how you’re hitting.”
The Lady Miners also tipped their cap to coach Hank Davidson as a driving force behind their championship season.
“He’s really encouraging and just wants us to do the best we can,” Arnoldi said. “It doesn’t matter if we win or lose, he knows we can always do better. So he’s always encouraging us and helping us to do the best we can.”
Love, who has been at the top of the NU scorecard for the better part of three seasons now, said she and her teammates are not only excited about capturing the current league crown, but also their prospects in claiming another SFL prize next year.
“We’re all very motivated and we all love golf,” Love said. “We all want to win and we’re all focused.
“It’s definitely the league title. We’re all very excited about that. It hasn’t been done (at Nevada Union) since 1995, I think. We want to make history. And next year, we all come back as seniors.”
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