Clovis West High's reign over the Central Section in girls golf ended Monday afternoon, but it might prove to be nothing more than a speed-bump for the youthful Golden Eagles.
With a lineup featuring two freshmen and three sophomores -- including four new starters -- Clovis West qualified for its fifth straight CIF Southern California Regionals by placing second behind Frontier of Bakersfield during the Central Section Championships on Monday at Visalia's Valley Oaks Golf Course.
The Golden Eagles shot 433 during a sunny and windy day while playing the par-72 Valley and Lakes courses. Clovis West was 31 shots behind Frontier in a reversal of last season when the then-Division II Titans finished 15 strokes back. That Clovis West team captured its fourth straight section title behind four-year starters Asia Adell, Alison Ross, Morgan Thomas and Jamie Thomas.
With those four graduated, this year's roster was wide open.
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"Some of our inexperience and youth showed, but this will really help us for the future," Golden Eagles coach Ken Shipley said.
"It's such a young team, but they developed well. I'm pleased with the whole season. These girls went undefeated in the very competitive [Tri-River Athletic Conference], won area and are one of two teams that get to go to Southern California."
Sisters Alyssa and Camille Orito -- the team's only returning starters -- shot 77s to help lead the Golden Eagles back to the SoCal Regionals, which are set for Nov. 10 at The Golf Club at Rancho California in Murrieta.
Alyssa Orito, a senior, was steady with a 39 and a 38.
"I made a few mistakes but came back with a few birdies," Alyssa Orito said. "I'm happy with how I played and for my team."
Camille Orito, a sophomore, rebounded to shoot a 2-under 34 on the Lakes course after opening with a 7-over 43.
"I just found my swing," Camille Orito said of a back-nine featuring three birdies. "It came back to me."
Clovis West also received a 90 from freshman Keila Takeuchi, a 91 from freshman Ai Enkoji, a 98 from sophomore Laura Scrivner and a nonscoring 110 from sophomore Caitlin Juarez, all players who will be making their first trip to the SoCal Regionals.
Individual medalist Tavia Rutherford shot a 3-over 75 to lead Frontier. Meghan Shain added a 77 for the Titans, who were the only team in the field to have all six players shoot under 90.
"That was one of the goals. Since we did move up, we wanted to win it," Frontier coach Tony Bernardin said. "It's nice to be competitive with [Clovis West,] that's for sure."
Alanna Loyd led Clovis North to the D-II title with a 78.
The section girls golf individual tournament is Monday at Sunnyside Country Club. Defending champion Madchen Ly of Clovis and reigning North Area winner Hannah Sodersten of Clovis East headline the field.