Ten years ago when Shelly Walsh, a golf instructor at Valley Hi Country Club, agreed to coach the girls’ golf team at Franklin High School she was just hoping she’d have at least five girls come out and play. She needed at least that many to compete in the high school events.
“I even brought along a couple sets of clubs in case no one had their own,” Walsh recalled.
She had several girls who never had played the game but wanted to come out for the fun. Things have really changed since.
|Franklin's DVC Champs - ( top left to right) Kylie Fong, Danielle
Hicks, Summer Zakaria, Cherrish Hardy, Jade Tso.
(Bottom left to right) Gurman Kaur, Coach Shelly Walsh
“I have girls who get private lessons and play in tournaments all summer,” Walsh said.
For the first time ever Franklin’s girls’ golf team won the Delta Valley Conference championship. Monday at Wildhawk Golf Club, the site of the fourth and final DVC tournament of the season, the Wildcat golfers combined for a score of 406, a stroke behind defending champion Davis.
But, over the four outings Franklin scored 21 strokes better than the Blue Devils’ squad and thus won the conference team championship. Franklin sophomore Kylie Fong was the low medalist Monday firing a 71 while freshman Gurman Kaur shot a 74.
That resulted in both girls tying for the season-long DVC medalist trophy. Both scored 300 over the four tournaments. The teammates then played a sudden death round and Kaur defeated Fong on the second extra hole. She then picked up the title of conference Most Valuable Player.
The pair along with teammates Danielle Hicks, Cherrish Hardy, Jade Tso and Summer Zakaria will all compete next Monday in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division I tournament at Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills.