CIF State High School Girls Championship

November 16, 2022, San Gabriel CC

The California Interscholastic Federation is divided into 10 sections, and each provides contestants in the events based on district student population. The State Championship is a one-day event run by the NCGA and SCGA, with teams and individual students competing in 18 holes of stroke play. The top nine individuals and top three teams of each region (Northern and Southern) advance to the State Championship, which rotates each year between Northern and Southern sites.

Championship Info

Chien Takes Individual State Title in Playoff

Photos Results

Granite Bay made it two in a row for NorCal, while University High of Irvine’s Leigh Chien took the title in the individual competition at Tuesday’s CIF State Championship at Poppy Hills.

Granite Bay, who finished with a winning total of 15-over 371 (best 5-out-of-6), became just the second NorCal team to win the State crown, joining 2019 winner Palo Alto. In a State Finals rarity, all three NorCal teams–Granite Bay, runner-up Palo Alto (287) and third-place finisher Valley Christian of San Jose (288)–finished higher than the three SoCal teams. The low SoCal squad was Troy of Fullerton at 295.

For Granite Bay, it was finally a turn at the top. Each of the last three years, they’d finished fourth at State.

“They’re better kids than they are golfers,” said Granite Bay head coach Jason Sitterud. “Golf’s an individual sport but they made it a team sport. It was an impressive season and they were impressive again today.”

Granite Bay, which features just two seniors, got a full team effort, with Anika Varma, Ellie Bushnell, Hannah Harrison and Tavia Burgess all posting rounds of 72. Lauren Pierce contributed an 83 and Taylor Peterson had a 91. Palo Alto was paced by Lauren Sung (72) and Sydney Sung (73).

On the Individual front, Chien, a sophomore, got a win to remember. She’d capture the title after making birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff (the par-5 10th) to defeat runner-up and good friend Ashley Yun of Walnut. Both players finished regulation tied at 3-under 68.

“It feels great to have won it,” said Chien, who stuck her approach shot on No.10 to within 9 feet of the flagstick before draining the winning putt.

Fueling Chien was a fantastic run on the front-nine where she reeled off four straight birdies from holes Nos. 3 through 6. Having started on No.10, she opened play by going 1-under through her first nine.

“I started my day off slow, but then picked myself up,” Chien said. “Then I got on a roll.”

Recap and photos courtesy of the NCGA

Past Winners

Year Winners Site
2021 Leigh Chien, University (Individual) Granite Bay H.S. (Team) Poppy Hills GC
2019 Caroline Canales, Calabasas (Individual) Palo Alto High School (Team)
Poppy Hills GC
2018 Brianna Navarrosa, Mater Dei (Individual)
Troy High School (Team)
Victoria Club
2017 Zoe Campos, West Ranch (Individual)
University High School (Team)
Poppy Hills GC
2016 Beth Lillie, Troy (Individual)
Walnut High School (Team)
Red Hill CC
2015 Alyaa Abdulghany, Corona del Mar (Individual)
Mira Costa High (Team)
Poppy Hills GC
2014 Sabrina Iqbal, Pioneer (Individual)
Diamond Bar High School (Team)
Red Hill CC
2013 Andrea Lee, Mira Costa (Individual)
Torrey Pines High School (Team)
Quail Lodge GC
2012 Elizabeth Bernabe, Canyon (Individual)
Torrey Pines High School (Team)
Red Hill CC
2011 Sarah Cho, Torrey Pines (Individual)
Torrey Pines High School (Team)
Poppy Hills GC
2010 Grace Na, Alameda (Individual)
Torrey Pines High School (Team)
Red Hill CC
2009 Jenny Shin, Torrance (Individual)
Torrance High School (Team)
Poppy Hills GC
2008 Jenny Shin, Torrance (Individual)
Torrance High School (Team)
Red Hill CC
2007 Lee Lopez, La Serna (Individual)
Torrance High School (Team)
Poppy Hills GC
2006 Lizette Salas, Azusa (Individual)
Poway High School (Team)
Red Hill CC
2005 Jane Rah, Torrance (Individual)
Torrance High School (Team)
PGA of Southern California GC (Legends)
2004 Joanne Lee Carlmont (Individual)
Torrey Pines High School (Team)
Red Hill CC
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