By Jeremy Balan
Lincoln High School’s Kristi Wong has a chance to do something that has only happened once in Academic Athletic Association girls golf history.
After winning her second-consecutive AAA championship with a 12-over 82 on Monday at Lincoln Park Golf Course, the junior will be the favorite to win a third title next season.
The AAA’s only three-time champion was Lowell’s Katrina Delen-Briones, who won titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
“It feels really good and I’m really proud of it,” Wong said. “Next year, I got it.”
Combined with sister Shannon Wong’s 20-over 90, Lincoln also took the team title 606-689 over defending champion Lowell.
“It was a long day, and the girls played with a lot of heart and persevered,” said Lincoln head coach Steve Robinson. “Kristi is so consistent and she has such a short, nice swing. She has been rock-solid all year.”
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Shannon did not play her best golf Monday, but ended a decorated AAA career that included her own individual championship as a sophomore in 2009 and three team championships.
“I felt bad for Shannon, as a senior, because she’s had a great year too and actually had our lowest score [this season],” Robinson said. “For the four years she’s been here, she’s been an integral part of every team. It’s a shame she didn’t have her best game today. We’re really going to miss her.”
The sisters were far ahead of everyone in the AAA this season, and the championship reflected that, as the third place finisher, Washington’s My Pham, was 23 strokes behind Shannon, at 113. Lowell junior Paulina Kang was not far behind Pham and led the Cardinals with a team-low 115.
“I had only one returning player and I think the inexperience showed, and that included the inexperience [of the] head coach,” said first-year Lowell head coach Rob Ray. “We have a good group coming back and we’re looking forward to getting the trophy back next year.”
With the win, Kristi and the Mustangs qualify for the CIF NorCal Championship next Monday at Stanford University Golf Course. Kristi shot a 103 in last season’s NorCal Championship at Stockton Country Club, but with a year of experience under her belt, will look to make a significant improvement.
“I just want to play my game while I’m out there and not let anyone get to me,” Kristi said. “I was really nervous last year, but I’m already proud of what we did as a team this year and what we accomplished.”