Oct 17, 2012 11:56 PM by Andrew Masuda
A third place finish at the Pac 7 League finals at the Rancho Maria Golf Course was still good enough for the Arroyo Grande High girls golf team to capture its first-ever league championship on Wednesday.
The Eagles finished third with a team score of 466, but ended up with 63 overall points in the league standings. Righetti won the final with a 462 to finish second overall for the season with 56 points. San Luis Obispo finished one stroke behind the Warriors in the final and two points in the standings for a third place finish in league.
For the first time, the Pac 7 will send three team, AG, Righetti and SLO, to the CIF Team competition. Typically, the league earns two qualifying teams.
St. Joseph finished fourth in the overall league standings with 31 points followed by Paso Robles, Pioneer Valley and Atascadero.
St. Joseph senior Desiree Gillaspy continued her stellar play with a 1-under 71 to earn the medalist honor. She birdied two of the first four holes to start the 18 hole round on the 2,971 yard course. It marked the first time the Knights' star shot below par over 18 holes. Gillaspy earned the league's Most Valuable Player honor for the second-straight year.
Anna Zhang led the Eagles with a 10-over 83. Melanie Johnson and Samantha Bettiga paced Righetti with an 88 and 89, while Neha Sikand fired an 88 and Nora Zakaria carded a 78 for San Luis Obispo.
Atascadero was led by Miranda Roetker's 104, Michaela Howard paced Paso Robles with a 96 and Reanna Salazar led Pioneer Valley with a 101.
Zhang, Zakaria, Sikand, Johnson, as well as Arroyo Grande's Breana Garcia and Megan Donegan earned All-League First Team honors.
Lauren Reade, Lauren Reynoso, Samantha Bettiga and Miki Kagawa of Righetti, SLO's Sam Lopez and Sam Tsau, AG's Emma Fuhs and Howard of Paso Robles earned All-League Second Team honors.
Gillaspy, Zhang, Zakaria, Sikand and Johnson qualified for the CIF Individual Tournament for their top five finishes in league play.
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