PREP GOLF: Bear River girls pick up where they left off |

PREP GOLF: Bear River girls pick up where they left off

The reigning Pioneer Valley League champion Bear River girls golf team returned to action Tuesday and, much like last season, they walked off the course with a victory.

The Lady Bruins, who won the PVL and made a deep run into the playoffs in 2015, opened the new season with a one-stroke win over league foe Lincoln, 245-246, at the par-36 Turkey Creek Golf Course.

Leading Bear River was sophomore Hannah Prosser with a team-best 40. Kalei Owen, also a sophomore, was next for Bear River with a 45. Freshmen golfer Dominique Peter was third for the Lady Bruins with a 49. Serenity Edwards, a junior, was next with a 54, and fellow junior Bella Betula rounded out the scoring with a 57.

“I think we’re coming along,” Bear River head coach Gayne Nakano said. “We’re just getting started and hopefully we can start to peak at the right time.”

Last season, the Lady Bruins went 8-0 in league play and went on to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title, the schools first in girls golf. Prosser was the league’s MVP as a freshmen and leads a young, but experienced Lady Bruins team. In addition to Prosser, Owen, Edwards and Betula all played big roles in last year’s success.

“We’re hoping to compete for another league championship,” said Nakano.

The Lady Bruins (1-0) are off in the right direction after edging Lincoln. Bear River gets back into league action against Center today at Lake of the Pines golf course.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at or by phone at 530-477-4232.

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