Kylie Fong may be the best female golfer in high school this season, but whether the Franklin High School senior ever plays on the Ladies’ Professional Golf Association tour remains doubtful. She’d rather go into nursing when she graduates from college a little more than five years from now.
“I don’t personally see myself as a professional,” Fong admits. “I see myself continuing to play golf. More like, just for fun.”
Fong will play another four years of competitive golf, though, because she’s on her way to Grand Canyon University in Arizona where she’ll get the opportunity to play virtually year round. Beyond that, she’d rather make golf just a fun outing.
|Franklin's Kylie Fong who finished sixth yesterday at the Section Masters|
She started playing at age six, watching her dad practice in the backyard.
“He had set up a net in the backyard and I was watching him hit balls and it looked interesting to me,” Fong recalled.
Some of Fong’s best outings this season has come at just the right time. In the past few months she’s won eight Junior Golf Association of Northern California tournaments. During the high school season this fall she’s taken first place in all four Delta League tournaments. She was the medalist in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division I-North championship.
She says it’s because she’s been working on her short game in practice.
“I’ve definitely seen my scores drop a lot,” Fong said. “I’ve been a whole lot more consistent. This season I’ve been shooting in the mid- to low-70s.”
But, on Monday she slipped a little at the Section’s Masters Championship. She fired a three-over-par 75, good for sixth place overall, at the tough course at the Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.
The top four individuals will proceed onto the girls’ NorCal Golf Championships now. One of those four was teammate Gurman Kaur, who shot a two-under-par 70. She tied with East Union’s Brooke Riley and Vista del Lago’s Emilee Hoffman for medalist honors.
Finishing in fourth was Courtney Vogel of Woodland Christian who shot an even-par 72.
In fifth place was Brittney O’Bryant from Pleasant Grove who was two strokes out of qualifying for NorCals with a 74.
This means Fong’s high school golf career is over. It’s on to Flagstaff for her next competitive round of golf next fall.
Meanwhile Kaur will represent Franklin next Monday at the NorCals, that will be played at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch in Salinas.
In the team competition Monday, Oak Ridge took the Masters’ championship with a 420. Davis was second at 427 with Turlock third at 437.
Monterey Trail Preps For Must-Win
After winning its first five games of the football season, Monterey Trail is now on a four-game losing streak. They’ve lost games to Delta League foes Franklin, Grant, Elk Grove and Jesuit in that order.
Now, to insure they make the post-season, the Mustangs must defeat Davis in the season finale Friday. If they do qualify Monterey Trail will be in the Division I brackets along with Franklin and Jesuit.
Grant could also be Division I, but they might drop into the Division II bracket. That would depend on how many schools with a larger enrollment qualify for the post-season. Sixteen teams are placed in each one of the Divisions I, II and III brackets.
Folsom, the defending Div. I champion, must compete in the large-school playoffs beginning this season because of the Section’s “continuing success rule.”
Elk Grove will also compete in D-II in the playoffs. The Herd has made it all the way to the championship game each of the past two years.
The Pacers take on Jesuit Saturday for the outright Delta League Championship. Kickoff at Jesuit’s Loyola Field is at 1 p.m.
Cosumnes Oaks Take D-2 Team Tennis Opener
The Division II girls’ team tennis playoffs began Monday with Cosumnes Oaks defeating Valley, 9-0. Tuesday they faced Benicia, the number-one seed out of the Solano County Athletic Conference.
If the Wolfpack wins that match, they’ll take on the winner of Roseville and Rio Americano on Monday.
On a related note, the school announced that Pleasant Grove soccer coach Rich Moorehouse will come over in the spring and coach the Wolfpack’s girls’ team. His daughter is on the Consumnes Oaks’ team.
Larson Finishes Seventh In Texas
NASCAR’s Texas 500 may best be remembered this weekend for the post-race brawl between drivers Brad Keslowsky and Jeff Gordon and their crews. Even though it was Jimmie Johnson who was celebrating at the winners’ stand, TV cameras recorded the melee that came following a highly competitive event with NASCAR winding down its 2014 in just three more weeks.
Once again, Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson had a solid showing. The NASCAR rookie started 17th at the Texas Motor Speedway, just outside of Fort Worth, and finished seventh, the 17th time he’s concluded a Sprint Cup race in the top ten. Texas was his 34th race of the year.
Going into this Sunday’s race in Phoenix, Larson has now earned a little more than $5 million in 2014. Of course, most of that money goes to his crew and the car owner, Chip Ganassi.
On the Nationwide circuit, Larson has two wins in 26 races. Twenty times he’s finished in the top ten. Most Nationwide races are run at the same track as that week’s Sprint Cup event, generally the day prior.