By Jeremy Balan
A thick, low-lying fog obscured the final group coming off Fleming Golf Course at the end of the Academic Athletic Association girls golf championship, but one fact was crystal clear.
Lincoln senior Kristi Wong carved out her own spot in AAA history by becoming just the second player to win three straight San Francisco Section individual titles with a 9-over-par 69 on the executive course within Harding Park on Monday.
Lowell’s Katrina Delen-Briones was the only other golfer to equal the feat, with three straight titles from 2004-2006.
“It’s really special to me, because it doesn’t happen a lot,” Wong said. “I worked really hard to keep the title and I just kept playing my game.”
Wong didn’t have a birdie, but only had one double-bogey, parred five straight holes on the back nine and bested the second-place finisher, Lowell’s Paulina Kang, by 14 strokes.
“It’s a privilege coaching someone like that,” said Lincoln head coach Steve Robinson. “She’s just so steady in her game and she has always been so consistent, even as a freshman. She has that calm demeanor and she continued to improve all four years.”
Wong, as well as third-place finisher Charlotte Woo (91), also led the Mustangs to a 558-565 win over Washington in the AAA team championship. Washington was led by Jessica Hom, who shot a team-low 97 and finished fourth individually.
“The team came through and it was great competition all year, no matter what the level of the league is,” Robinson said. “Every match with Washington and Lowell this season came down to a couple of strokes. Today it was just seven and it was really exciting.”
The championship is Lincoln’s fourth title in five years, and most were driven by Wong and her older sister Shannon, whose individual title in 2009 (Kristi’s freshman year) was the only thing preventing her younger sister from claiming an unprecedented four titles in a row.
“I’m going to miss her a lot,” Robinson said of Kristi. “It’s the end of the ‘Wong Era’ and it’s been five years with two great girls that were like assistant coaches, helping the other players out.”