Hayden Mammen is knocking on the Central Section championship door – again. And louder than ever.
“I hope to go out wire to wire. That would be really nice,” the Clovis High School senior said Tuesday after firing a 1-under-par 71 to win the Central Section North Area Tournament by three strokes at Dragonfly Golf Club.
A week ago, she placed second to Clovis North’s Tammy Lim (67) in a Tri-River Athletic Conference tournament with a 71 at Belmont Country Club.
And after winning the North Area in a playoff last year after losing one as a sophomore, Mammen has positioned herself as one of the favorites for the section individual championship Nov. 3 at Valley Oaks Golf Course in Visalia. She placed sixth and seventh in the past two section finals.
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So far, I’ve been pretty consistent, which is nice going into the Valleys in two weeks.
Clovis senior Hayden Mammen
“I played really badly last year,” she said of a 79 at Taft’s Buena Vista Golf Course. “So I really hope this year is different because it’s my senior year. I’ve shot better than today, but I’m not going to be upset with a 71. So far, I’ve been pretty consistent, which is nice going into the Valleys in two weeks.”
Mammen made three birdies, but it was an eagle on the par-5, 427-yard 13th that separated her from the 38-player field.
Playing on her home course, she hit her drive 270 and straight, stuck an 8-iron 15 feet from the pin and sank a 15-foot, downhill, left-to-right putt.
Buchanan wins D-I title – Seniors Hannah Lovering (75) and Marissa McCardell (79) led Buchanan (405) to the North Area Division I team championship, snapping Clovis West’s title string at nine.
The Bears and Golden Eagles (408), along with North Area D-II champion Yosemite (499), advanced to the section team tournament Monday at Buena Vista.
9 Clovis West’s consecutive North Area Division I girls team titles before being unseated by Buchanan
Clovis West is the D-I two-time reigning section champion and winner of seven of the past nine.
Buchanan split six head-to-head confrontations with Clovis West this season. Five meetings were in TRAC tournaments. The Bears are seeking their first D-I title under 10-year coach Greg Funk. They won the section D-II tournament in 2012, when Lovering and McCardell were freshmen.
Buchanan figures to duel with Clovis West and Liberty-Bakersfield, which shot 424 Monday among its top five players to win its first South Area Tournament in school history.
And the Patriots, behind Taytlyn Alvarez (77) – who placed fifth in last year’s section individual final – won the South Area at Buena Vista by 36 strokes over Frontier.
“Our girls have played like this (Tuesday) pretty much all year,” Funk said. “We just happen to be playing in a league with Clovis West. If we play well (at the section), it just depends how well they play, too. But I like our chances.”
Girls golf: North Area Championships
Tuesday at Dragonfly Golf Course (par 72)
^Buchanan (405): Hannah Lovering 75, Marissa McCardell 79, Jocey Twet 81, Mia Goudy 81, Mattie Millwee 89
^Clovis West (408): Aya Enkoji 74, Madison Nii 75, Allyson Musser 83, Taylor Dufresne 88, Kayla Terrey 88
Clovis North (429): Tammy Lim 75, Caroline Swanson 77, Caitlyn Bone 92, Alyssa Bendure 91, Grace Randall 94
Clovis East (447): Morgan Polley 79, Caitlyn Jimenez 84, Kaelyn Xiong 94, McKenzie Quinn 94, Alyssa Camacho 96
Bullard (497): Natalie Kovaceitch 90, Nina Sanchez 98, Taylor Preston 103, Jill Jones 100, Audrey Exum 106
#Yosemite (499): Claire Oetinger 85, Trinity Curtis 96, Rebekka Nielson 99, Sarah Meeks 104, Hailey Abrahams 119
^ Advance to Central Section D-I Team Tournament
# Advance to Central Section D-II Team Tournament
(all advance for Central Section Individual Tournament)
Hayden Mammen, Clovis, 71
Aya Enkoji, Clovis West, 74
Hannah Lovering, Buchanan, 75
Madison Nii, Clovis West, 75
Tammy Lim, Clovis North, 75
Caroline Swanson, Clovis North, 77
Morgan Polley, Clovis East, 79
Marissa McCardell, Buchanan, 79
Jocey Twet, Buchanan, 81
Mia Goudy, Buchanan, 81
Liz Randle, Edison, 83
Allyson Musser, Clovis West, 83
Caitlyn Jimenez, Clovis East, 84
Claire Oetingner, Yosemite, 85
Taylor Dufresne, Clovis West, 88
Kayla Terrey, Clovis West, 88