Brooke Riley concluded her storied golf career at East Union by finishing in a four-way tie for 20th place in the 2015 CIF High School Girls State Championship at Poppy Hills on Tuesday.
She shot a seven-over-par 78 on a picturesque day along Monterey Bay.
“Overall, Brooke played pretty good. Her driving (the ball) was fantastic. Her problem was putting – I counted at least six times where her ball lipped out for par or birdie,” East Union co-head coach Brian Goulart said.
The Northwestern University-bound Riley – Angela Bagasbas (Carondelet), Yuki Yoshihara (Woodbridge), and Maya Pugatch (St. Francis) also shot 78 – finished nine strokes behind the leader Alyaa Abdulghany of Corona del Mar. The state individual champion carded a two-under-par 69.
Abdulghany edged out Calista Reyes (Rancho Bernardo) and Angela Liu (Lynbrook). Both tied for second place, finishing two strokes back with even-par 71s.
The top team was Mira Costa (391), which finished ahead of Walnut (394) and Dougherty Valley (402).
Riley, who Goulart called “the best (girls) player to come out of Manteca,” enjoyed a strong practice round that previous day. She also hit the ball consistently at the driving range during warm-ups.
He noted that Riley experienced most of her problems on the back nine.
“Brooke kept her composure,” Goulart said. “She never lost her cool.
“She continued to carry on like a champion.”
Perhaps the highlight of the day came on the par-5, 447-yard 18th hole. Riley ended her day by sinking an eight-foot putt for birdie.
“Brooke had a big smile,” said Goulart. “It was good way for her to end her high school career.”
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