The Valley League golf teams follow their dual meet competitions with a league tournament. Ramona High School’s girls finished second in the league standings, but won the tournament.
In a high school match six golfers from each school compete. The highest score is discarded and the five other scores are added to derive the team score. The all-league selection process allows more than five golfers from each school to receive honors, and six Bulldogs were chosen for all-league recognition.
“They really rose up to the occasion and played really well,” said Ramona coach Nick Jordan. “Very proud of them.”
Ramona had 12 girls on the team. Nine of them played varsity matches during the season with some of those participating in junior varsity rounds on specific days. Ramona began play with a non-league loss Sept. 7 against Poway, so the Bulldogs had an overall record of 8-3 along with an 8-2 league record.
The Valley League also consisted of Escondido, Fallbrook, Mount Carmel, San Pasqual, and Valley Center. Mount Carmel won the league championship.
“They beat us in the league, but we actually beat them in the tournament,” Jordan said.
Mount Carmel’s home matches are in Ramona on the Mount Woodson course. Ramona uses the San Vicente Resort for practices and home matches.
“I want to thank San Vicente for everything they did for our team and our girls,” Jordan said.
San Vicente was closed the final week of September, when Ramona’s two matches against Mount Carmel were held, so both matches were played at Mount Woodson. The Sundevils had a 249-269 victory Sept. 27 and a 240-257 triumph Sept. 29.
“I am happy with those scores,” Jordan said. “We gave them a run for their money.”
Dual meet matches involve nine-hole rounds. The league tournament was a 36-hole competition. The golfers played 18 holes on Oct. 17 at the El Camino Country Club in Oceanside and 18 holes Oct. 19 at St. Mark’s in San Marcos.
Rounds of 109 and 99 strokes gave sophomore Nicolina Jordan the fourth-place score of 208. Another sophomore, Ryann Wilson, had scores of 111 and 102 for the sixth-place total of 213. Only the top six received medals, but freshman Jasmine Marquez placed seventh with a score of 214 derived from rounds of 110 and 104 shots.
Ramona’s team included two seniors: Divinity Bauers and Victoria Naya.
“They had a great year,” Jordan said.
At the league tournament Bauers had rounds of 115 and 105 shots for a 36-hole score of 220 while Naya took 243 shots consisting of 121 Oct. 17 and 122 Oct. 19. Karlee Larzalere-Higuera, who is a junior, had rounds of 121 and 129 strokes for a two-day score of 250. Ramona’s team scores of 564 at El Camino and 527 at St. Mark’s add to 1,091.
The Valley League first team included Nicolina Jordan and Marquez. Bauers, Larzalere-Higuera, Naya, and Wilson were placed on the second team.
“They worked really hard this season, and I’m proud of them,” Jordan said.
Boys golf is a spring sport, and Jordan had been the boys junior varsity coach in 2021 and 2022. He took over the girls program this fall and Dean Welch coached the junior varsity girls. Jordan teaches construction trade classes at Montecito High School.