Cabrillo High's girls golf team beat defending Los Padres League champion Nipomo by a narrow two-stroke margin on Tuesday at the Vandenberg Village Country Club.
The Conquistadores combined to score 286 strokes to edge out the Titans' 288 strokes.
It wasn't until the nine-hole competition was over and the scores tabulated that Cabrillo head coach David Schroeder said his golfers knew how close the match had been all afternoon. Despite higher scores than usual from Baylee Gregory (55) and Devan McCune (57), Cabrillo got solid scores from Gabi Delgado (57), Brianna Gonzales (58) and Aubrey Campfield (59) to secure the victory.
"What we did today is what we need to win," Schroeder said. "When we shoot that bad and still eke out a win — when we play a few more rounds hopefully all our scores will go down."
Nipomo's Brooke Cuzick won the individual medal with a score of 48. Nipomo's Carah Frank (55), Karlee Magness (56), Kanani Neel (64) and Brooke Panzardi (65) finished the scoring for the Titans.
"The big thing is they have fun together," Schroeder said. "For them it was a sweet victory because Nipomo crushed everyone last season."
Nipomo lost most of its top scorers from last year and Schroeder said he expects all the league teams are "in the same boat" this season with no one dominant group pulling away.
Nipomo head coach Jim Delaby said because the Titans are in a "developmental year" it's important that the golfers pay attention to detail to improve. He said it was a good sign that Magness and Frank scored personal bests and Cuzick's score was her best in three years at La Purisima.
Dos Pueblos 191, Righetti 249
None of the Chargers shot above a 40 in an impressive non-league win for Dos Pueblos at Glen Annie Golf Course in Santa Barbara.
Bella Vigna of Dos Pueblos was the medalist. She shot a 37. Three Chargers shot a 38.
Sarah Fouratt led Rigehtti (4-2) with a 40. Alex Thompson (47) and Delanie Nolan (49) also broke 50 for the Warriors.
Santa Ynez 288, Orcutt Academy 307
The Pirates (1-3, 1-0) started their Los Padres League campaign with a win at the Alisal River course in Solvang.
Ashley McClung was the medalist, with a 49 for Orcutt Academy, but balance won out for the Pirates. Eva Hennessee (54), Gracie Church (55) and Gabrielle Sczudlo (59) all broke 60 for the Pirates.
McClung was the only Spartan under 60.
Lompoc 278, Morro Bay 291
The 278 stroke team score from Lompoc High's girls golf team on Tuesday was a 30-stroke improvement over the group's score last year at La Purisima, said Tom Garrard, head coach of the Braves.
Lompoc's Kendal Martin was the medalist with a score of 47. Rylee Sager (53), Marlene Mendez (58), Danielle Morgan (59) and Destiny Goggins (61) were the other scorers for the Braves.
"We shot lower today at a much tougher course than we shot last week at Chalk Mountain, so I am happy with the improvement," Garrard said.