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Laguna scores big win against Estancia

High School Roundup

Breakers girls' golf team earns 203-228 victory over defending league champion to improve to 3-0.

October 03, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
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The Laguna Beach High girls' golf team is on a roll.

The Breakers on Wednesday upped their Orange Coast League record to 3-0 by turning back defending league champion Estancia, 203-228, at Costa Mesa Country Club's Mesa Linda Golf Course.

Senior Audrey Curtis shot two-over-par 36 to earn medalist honors for the match.

The win squared Laguna's overall record at 4-4.

"Our team was ready to play today and they truly performed up to their potential," Laguna Assistant Coach Sean Quigley said. "We shot our best team score of the season and the win puts us into sole possession of first place in league.

"The big news for us was Audrey Curtis, who had a breakout performance, shooting her career low score. It can't be overstated what Audrey accomplished today. She's only been playing golf for two seasons, joining the team last year, and to shoot two-over par within her first two years of playing puts her into a rare group of players."

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Quigley said senior captain Jackie McMahon had a "fantastic match," with a score of 37, her best score of the season. Sophomore Murphy Thompson "stepped up for us," with a 45, which was one of her best scores this season, he said.

Junior MaryKate Quellmalz had another solid performance with a score of 41. Junior Leslie Dwight and senior Jamie Hendrickson both continued to improve their scores and shot 44 and 50, respectively.

The win against Estancia came two days after Laguna was awarded a forfeit victory from Costa Mesa at Mesa Linda (par 34).

The Breakers began their league season Sept. 25 at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, where they scored a 258-261 victory over host Calvary Chapel. Quellmalz shot 44 (par 36) to lead the Breakers. She was followed by McMahon (49), Curtis (54), Dwight (54), Thompson (57) and Hendrickson (64).

Natalie Mattison of Calvary Chapel shot 41 on the Classic Course to take medalist honors.

"This was a really important win for us in our first Orange Coast League match, against another team that will be competing for the league title," Quigley said. "Natalie Mattison from Calvary is our returning league MVP and she is always capable of posting a really low score. Fortunately, MaryKate Quellmalz played well and stayed within three strokes of Natalie, which gave us a chance to win with our team depth.

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