Back on the links, the Orange Lutheran girls golf team is ready for the season and will kick things off this Tuesday, August 24, with a match against Yorba Linda.
After a delayed and shortened season last year due to Covid-19, nearly the entire varsity roster is returning. Junior Riley Shin is coming off of a 3rd place individual finish in the Trinity League and an appearance in the CIF Individual Prelim round, enough to earn her 1st Team All-League honors. She will be alongside fellow junior Stella Fergin who was named 2nd Team All-League.
They will be joined by several golfers who will add both skill and depth the to group. Senior Hannah Batcheller is a 4-year returning starter and a team captain. Junior transfer Alexia Egdahl and sophomore transfer Jayne Sung, along with a talented freshmen core of Mason Egdahl, Navi Gupta and Audrey Sung, might surprise some with their play this year.
“I like our position,” says OLu girls golf head coach, Dustin Boburka. “I think we’re kind of an underdog still, but I’ve always said, I’ll go play any team, anywhere, any course. This year, I can say that and feel very positive about it. I feel like we’re getting better, and we’re going to continue to get better.”
With about 26 rostered girls, the program will field three teams this year – varsity, JV1 and JV2. Boburka says that recent emphasis has been placed on improving the team’s focus and competitive mentality, and as a result, he’s seen tremendous progress in the golfers’ compete level.
“We’re getting to a place where competition is going to fuel better play,” says Boburka. “Our depth is going to be a positive. I’m excited to see where our program is.”
Even with league matches extending into the spring last year, several Lancer golfers continued summer training and have a significant amount of tournament play under their belts heading into the season. That experience, coupled with the team’s depth, is likely to take the program to the next level.
“I want to continue to grow and continue to compete,” says Boburka. “I think the girls that are in our program have a desire to work, and I love that because I truly believe it’s going to make our program better.”