Par for the Course

Kristen Campos watches her approach shot on the second fairway

Gilroy golfer Kristen Campos closed out her high school golf
career Tuesday at the Central Coast Section girls’ golf
championships.
Carmel – Gilroy golfer Kristen Campos closed out her high school golf career Tuesday at the Central Coast Section girls’ golf championships.

The only Mustang golfer to qualify for the meet, Campos shot a 14-over 86 on Rancho Cañada’s East Course, four strokes better than her performance on the same course last year.

In addition to Campos, the only other local qualifiers were Marissa Gutierrez and Alison Thomas of Hollister. Gutierrez shot an 87 and Thomas shot a 102.

None of the three qualified for the NorCal Championships. Only the top team and the next four individuals advanced out of the tough field. Carlmont’s Joanne Lee was the overall medalist with a 71. Santa Catalina, which had three players shoot in the 70’s, took the team title.

Campos shined on the front nine, shooting a 39. But on the back nine, the senior ran into some trouble and shot a 47.

“She played real decent on the front side,” said Gilroy golf coach Kari Williams. “On the back side, she had a couple doubles and out-of-bounds shots that make you shoot a 47.”

Campos, playing in her third CCS championship in a row, was happy to improve on last year’s 90 but still was critical of her round.

“The front nine was a lot easier than the back nine,” Campos said. “I thought I hit the ball well today, but I could have done better.”

Williams said Campos putted well, even sinking a 40-footer on one hole. Overall, the coach was proud of Campos’ final season.

“She had a lot to live up to and she did well. She always played No. 1 and the team really relied on her a lot,” Williams said.

Now Campos will turn her attention to basketball season, which started this week. But golf is something the senior would like to try continue in college. Campos is undecided on where she’ll be going, but has two schools in mind.

“I’m going to try to play at Cal Poly or Boston University,” she said.

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