For the second year in a row, San Mateo golfer Aman Sangha qualified for the state golf tournament, following a fourth-place finish at the Northern California tournament Monday at Spring Creek Country Club in Ripon.
Sangha shot a 4-over 77 to finish in a two-way tie for fourth place with Vista del Lago’s Emilee Hoffman.
The state championship tournament will be held at Quail Run Golf Club in Carmel Nov. 20.
Sangha, a sophomore who won her second consecutive Peninsula Athletic League championship and finished fifth at the Central Coast Section tournament, had an up-and-down day at Quail Run. She was 1-under after nine holes, but struggled on the back nine, with four bogeys and a double bogey against just one birdie.
She bogeyed the par-4 second hole, but had birdies on the par-3 seventh and par-5 ninth. She followed that with a pair of pars on holes 10 and 11, but fell back to even with a bogey on the par-3 12th. She bounced right back and got back to 1-under with a birdie on the par-5 13th, but quickly gave that shot back with a bogey on the par-4 14th.
Following a par on the 15th, she closed her round with a pair of bogeys and her double bogey on the 18th hole.
Palo Alto’s Michelle Xie captured the Nor Cal crown by shooting an even-par 73.
Sangha struggled at the state tournament last year, shooting a 91.
The first two rounds of the Peninsula Athletic League singles and doubles individual championships got underway Tuesday. The first two rounds of the singles tournament went according to seed, while there were a couple upsets in the doubles tournament.
In the singles’ draw, all six of the top seeds — No.1 Cindy Liu (Hillsdale), No. 2 Cori Sidell (Carlmont), No. 3 Lizzie Siegle (San Mateo), No. 4 Mar Bugueno (Carlmont), No. 5 Natalie Somers (Burlingame) and No. 6 Caroline Kelly (Menlo-Atherton) — advanced to the quarterfinals, to be played today. The semifinal matches will be played immediately following the quarterfinals today as well.
All six of the seeds had first-round byes. Liu, Burgueno, Siegle and Sidell all won their second-round matches in straight sets. Somers needed three sets to get past San Mateo’s Michelle Kwon, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1; as did Kelly, winning 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 over Woodside’s Monica Chanda.
Amelia Tiemann (Menlo-Atherton) and Bella Mercado (Hillsdale) were the unseeded players to advance to the quarterfinals. Tiemann beat Mular Lerpwel of El Camino 6-0, 6-1 in the first round and Oceana’s Catherine Le 6-2, 6-4 in the second round.
Mercado topped Alondra Garay of Capuchino 6-1, 6-2 in her opener before downing Terra Nova’s Kiana Arciga 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the quarters.
The quarterfinal matchups are as follows: No. 1 Liu-Tiemann, No. 2 Sidell-Mercado, No. 3 Siegle-No. 6 Kelly and No. 4 Burgueno-No. 5 Somers.
On the doubles side, five of the six seeded teams made it to today’s quarterfinals. The one upset came when No. 6 seed Sally Carlson and Amanda Scandalios (Menlo-Atherton) were knocked off by Sequoia’s Sadie Rhen and Julie Self, 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-3.
The rest of the draw went to form with the No. 1 tandem of Mariko Iinuma and Natalie Spievack (Hillsdale), No. 2 Keade Ishikawa and Victoria Sun, No. 3 Alex Harrigan and Lisa Patel, No. 4 Sammy Andrew and Lindy LaPlante and No. 5 Cassidy Sobey and Morgan Watson all made it to the quarterfinals, all winning in straight sets.
The other unseeded teams to advance was Carlmont’s Michelle Guan and Zoe Wildman and Burlingame’s Haley Shaffer and Madeline Somers.
The quarterfinal matchups are as follows: No. 1 Iinuma-Spievack against Shaffer-Somers; No. 2 Ishikawa-Sun against Guan-Wildman; No. 3 Harrigan-Patel against Rhen-Self and No. 4 Andrew-LaPlante against No. 5 Sobey-Watson.
In the West Bay Athletic League championships, Menlo School swept the singles and doubles titles.
Liz Yao won her second straight singles crown, winning both her semifinal and finals match in straight sets, dropping a total of three games.