Underdog Deer Valley wins BVAL Girls’ golf tourney

Danielle French reaches for her hole-in-one ball. Photo by golf coach Brian Kofford

Danielle French reaches for her hole-in-one ball. Photo by golf coach Brian Kofford

Danielle French gets a hole-in-one

By Luke Johnson

By the narrowest of margins the girls’ golf team of Deer Valley High School won the Bay Valley Athletic League Tournament; upsetting favored Heritage and Liberty Monday, Oct. 10. The Wolverines finished with 491 strokes, while their opponents tied with 492.

The most pivotal shot came from Deer Valley senior Danielle French, who drained a hole-in-one on the sixth hole for an eagle.

It was pretty amazing. I didn’t think it would go in,” French said. “But it did, and it is something I will never forget… All of a sudden (the ball) disappeared and dropped into the hole, and I was speechless.”

In the regular season, Heritage finished first in the BVAL with a record of 9-1; followed by Liberty 8-2 and Deer Valley 7-3. The Patriots’ top two golfers, Kelly Hunt and Danielle Dickerson, finished with the best individual scores (82 for Hunt and 81 for Dickerson). But down the stretch the deciding factor was an overall team effort by Deer Valley. French shot 96, Thea Jorgensen 87, Maia Dupuis 98, Isela Sandoval 105, Michelae Biagas 105 and Sierra Abel 127 to help the Wolverines claim the BVAL Tournament again, since 2012.

We felt confident coming into the clubhouse with Danielle (Dickerson) and myself with the two lowest scores,” Hunt said. “But golf is a crazy sport, and we ended up losing by a stroke.”

Monday morning Oct. 27 Deer Valley will take part in the North Coast Section Qualifier Tournament at the Lone Tree Golf Course; featuring several other schools totaling approximately 140 golfers. If the Wolverines do well enough, they will advance to the NCS Tournament on Nov. 3.

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