Perfection is something Draganza experienced again this season, helping the Sailors win all 19 of their dual matches. With Draganza leading the way, the Sailors are 36-1 the last two seasons, with back-to-back Sunset League championships.
Draganza was medalist in both matches last week to complete the regular season. She then paced her team by finishing third at the Sunset League individual finals, completed Tuesday.
She shot par 36 on Oct. 22 to key a league win over Fountain Valley at Mile Square Golf Course, after shooting one-over 36 in a nonleague victory over Back Bay rival Corona del Mar the day before on the Mesa Linda course.
For her efforts, she is the Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week.
Draganza’s success is no fluke, but rather the byproduct of sometimes mind-numbing practice repetition.
“She has dedicated herself to being the best she can possibly be,” Newport Harbor Coach Scott Tarnow said. “She has passion for the game and she has been doing it most of her life. She’s pretty much at the golf course every day.”
Draganza said she began playing at age 7, at the suggestion of her father, Michael. Except for a three-year period in which she focused on soccer, from ages 11-13, she has committed between 90 minutes and two hours each day, on days she is not playing a round, to work on her skills.
“It has become a habit,” she said of her practice regimen, which she sometimes laments, but frequently credits with helping her play at a consistently high level.