Quartz Hill High golfer at the fore

first_imgQUARTZ HILL – The dramatic improvements Quartz Hill High girls’ golf senior standout Ayla Friga made in her game – the result of offseason training she and her teammates did on their own – were apparent at the start of the season, when she shaved seven strokes off her game from last year. Her ability to handle pressure and shrug off setbacks is a more recent development in her career. All the above-mentioned areas she’s progressed in came together for Friga on Monday at the Southern Section’s Southern Division individual championships at Soboda Springs Country Club in Mt. San Jacinto. Friga, who shot a 78 on the 18-hole par-72 course, was the Golden League’s only golfer to qualify for Thursday’s Southern Section individual-championship round at Diamond Bar Country Club. “More than anything it’s been her mental game that’s developed, especially in the last few weeks,” Manthey said. “I was just really proud of the way she sees battle. It just seemed like she refocused the rest of the way.” Friga is among 90 golfers who will compete in Thursday’s Southern Section final, of which 28 advance to Monday’s Southern California individual championships at the Southern California Golf Association’s Members Course in Murrieta. The state meet will start Nov. 15. Friga hopes to be Quartz Hill’s first Southern California championship qualifier in three years. “If she plays like she did yesterday, she definitely has a shot,” Manthey said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Quartz Hill junior Katie Dilger shot a 78, and Lancaster’s Amber Frauhiger shot a 100. “For a girl to go from being our No. 4 golfer last year to (the Southern Section championships), that’s a huge accomplishment,” Quartz Hill coach Stu Manthey said. Friga finished strong, shooting 1-under-par over her final five holes, including shooting a birdie on the last hole. Friga had shot bogies on her previous four holes before her late run. Her performance Monday typified the progression of her career. last_img

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