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Girls' Golf: Abdulghany not one to settle

Corona del Mar freshman, who competes in CIF regional championship, has been impressive.

November 13, 2013|By Steve Virgen
  • Corona del Mar High freshman Alyaa Abdulghany will compete in the CIF/WSCGA Southern State Regional Championship Thursday at The Golf Club at Rancho California, in Murrieta.
Corona del Mar High freshman Alyaa Abdulghany will compete… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Alyaa Abdulghany has heard plenty of compliments about her game and her great potential in golf. She'll smile and say, "thank you," but in no way does that indicate she is content with the praise.

"People will say that I'm good when I'm out there, but I'm not sure about that," said Abdulghany, Corona del Mar High's freshman phenom. "I know I just want to do better than what I did that day or the day before."

It's this type of drive that keeps those compliments coming and several accolades too.

Her motivation keeps her on track to achieve her goals: for this year to reach the CIF state championship; after high school to play in college and put herself in position to turn pro.

Remember that name, it's pronounced Ah-lee-yuh Ahb-dool-gon-ee.

"She's a phenomenal talent," CdM Coach Mike Starkweather said of Abdulghany, who competes in the CIF/WSCGA Southern State Regional Championship Thursday at The Golf Club at Rancho California, in Murrieta. "She has magnificent ball striking skills. She's very consistent and works very hard. She's praised by the golfing community. Everyone thinks she just plays marvelous golf and I have to agree completely."

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Abdulghany, 14, has been achieving big-time feats in her first year with the Sea Kings. Her latest impressive performance came Nov. 7, when she shot two-over-par 73 at Talega Golf Club to qualify for Thursday's event. As the lone Newport-Mesa player to advance, she finished tied for 17th among individuals competing and was among the 28 to move on to the regional championship.

It's been part of a remarkable run. She medaled at the CIF Southern Section Southern Division Team Championships Oct. 31, when she shot three-under 67 at Costa Mesa Country Club's Mesa Linda course.

She finished fourth (70-73-143) in the Pacific Coast League finals at Dos Lagos Golf Course in Corona on Oct. 23, which got her into the CIF Southern Section individual championship/WSCGA qualifying tournament.

"I am putting more focus on each event each week," said Abdulghany, who will need to be one of the top nine individuals not on a top-three team to advance to the CIF State Championships at Quail Lodge in Carmel on Wednesday. "I know how important it is to move on ... I just really want to do my best and shoot the best score and hope to make it to state for next Wednesday."

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