This golf season for girls will not be like it was in the past. At least not for Rancho Bernardo and Del Norte.
Those two teams are in rebuilding mode without the advantage of many seniors, if at all.
That’s not normal for the Palomar League, which this year includes all five Poway School District teams — Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Del Norte, Westview and Mt Carmel — along with San Marcos.
Ella Kiser and Lauren Lee, a pair of sophomore returnees, are back in the same slots as last season.
Kiser starts the season at number 1, while Lee is next at number 2.
Both Kiser and Lee made it to the second day of last year’s CIF Individual Tournament.
The Nighthawks also have a few transfers on the roster.
“It should be us and RB,” said Del Norte coach Mike Reifeiss. “Our goal is to try and win a league title and maybe finish in the top two at CIF.
“We have to look at things game by game. They know how to do that. This should be a very nice season in 2022.”
Still looking for a new coach, the Titans have four seniors and a few sophomores in the lead this season.
There is a lot of fame on the list.
Hanna Yoo, a two-time All-Palomar League roster at Poway, is in her fourth season on varsity with Zoe Campbell and Kaitlyn Deno in their third season.
Claire Bartlett rounds out the four seniors in her second season on varsity.
Racheal Lu is a sophomore with a lot of potential to become the number 2 player right behind Hanna Yoo.
Yoo’s sister, Catie Yoo, a sophomore, will also play.
With Rich Deem retiring as golf coach, the Broncos will be led by Alex Moreno.
Sophomore Summer Schaffer has returned, but has risen from number 2 to number 1 for the time being.
Isabelle Lorio, sophomore, freshman Maddy Reyes and sophomore Maddy Saysanasongkham, will be joined by freshman Kayla Geng, junior Janice Noh and senior Katie Chang in a bid to work her way up the lineup.
Noh and Chang were part of the team last season.
“Summer has been underpowered in most of the rounds she plays,” said Moreno. “Summer and Isa shot in the high 70s at Torrey Pines. They can really play.
“I know most of these girls are young, but I inherited a Lamborghini and given this great opportunity I want to see how far it will go.
“Most of these girls are tournament players, so they rattle easily,” he said. “They’re too fundamentally healthy for that to happen.”