It was certainly not the ending that Vera Markevich wanted for her high school golf career, but it did come in the last tournament she could possibly play in for the Xavier Prep Saints.
“I had a lot of fun today,” Markevich said after firing a 6-over par 80 in the CIF state girls golf championship at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga. “Not everything went the way I wanted it to go. But I hit some good shots. It was a good way to finish my high school season.
Markevich, a senior for the Saints, finished tied for 23rd in the 54-player state tournament field that included teams and individuals from Southern and Northern California. Played last year at Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach in Northern California, the event returned to the demanding Red Hills Course with its tricky greens and large trees.
“I think this course is really hard in general,” Markevich said. “The greens were really tough definitely. Really fast. But the conditions were amazing. The course is awesome as well.”
Playing to a par of 74, Red Hill allowed only four scores under par to the best players in the state. Beth Lillie of Troy High School in Fullerton won the state title with a 70, followed by Crystal Wang of Diamond Bar and Briana Chacon of La Serna with 71s.
In the team competition, Walnut won the state title with a team score of 394 under the six-play, five-count format, with Troy finishing second at 397.
Even with her high school career over, Markevich can now count on a busy year. That starts with an official visit to UCLA Wednesday. “I’m going to play Toyota Tour Cup, Future Champions and AJGA tournaments outside of high school golf,” Markevich said. “I’m really excited.”