PREP PREVIEW: Girls golf

Lucy Yuan of Bishop's.
Lucy Yuan of Bishop’s won the CIF girls golf finals as a freshman in June 2021 at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.
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First playoff match: Oct. 24

Championships finals: Oct. 27

Individual tournament: Oct. 31-Nov. 3

State championships: Nov. 10-16

Defending champs: Carlsbad (Division I); Bishop’s (Division II)

2021 individual champion: Meghan Royal (Carlsbad)

What to look for

Lancers loaded

Carlsbad placed four golfers in the top 13 at last year’s section individual tournament. Three return — Andee Avery, Jasmine Kahler and Tiffany Lin.

A run for state?

Carlsbad finished fifth last year at the state championships. Despite losing Royal, Lancers head coach Brook Brand thinks this year’s team might be even better.

“I feel like we have just as good a chance this year at state,” said Brand. “I think we’re a little deeper.”

Lots of returning talent

Of the 20 golfers who earned All-CIF honors last season, 12 return, which should make for a competitive individual tournament come November.

Watch out for Yuan

Lucy Yuan of Bishop’s will try to win her second San Diego Section title. A junior, Yuan won the individual tournament in the spring of 2021 then came back last fall to place third.

Players to watch: Lucy Yuan, Bishop’s, Jr.; Andee Avery, Carlsbad, Sr.; Jasmine Kahler, Carlsbad, Sr.; Summer Schafer, Rancho Bernardo, So.; Charlotte Cantonis, La Jolla, So.; Rodaylin Mina, Maranatha Christian, Sr.; Sehee Sim, Torrey Pines, So.; Ashley Ding, La Jolla Country Day, So.; Kiana Glossner, Scripps Ranch, Sr.; Tiffany Lin, Carlsbad, Sr.; Sofia Gomez-Inowe, Mater Dei Catholic, Jr.; Mimi Pierce, Carlsbad, Sr.; Gabi Fanucchi, Carlsbad, So.; Natalia Fanucchi, Sage Creek, Sr.

Preseason Top 10

1. Carlsbad

2. Torrey Pines

3. Rancho Bernardo

4. Bishop’s

5. Mater Dei Catholic

6. Coronado

7. Sage Creek

8. Canyon Crest Academy

9. Cathedral Catholic

10. El Camino