Ishii Falls Short of 2nd Golf Title in Five Days


Linda Ishii of Westlake Village advanced to the girls’ final before falling short Thursday in the Southern California PGA junior match play championships at El Dorado Golf Course in Long Beach.

Ishii won a semifinal morning match over Natalie Wong of Montebello, 5 and 4. In the championship, Ishii fell to Jenny Lee of Fullerton, 1-up.

Nonetheless it was a heady week for Ishii, who will be a junior at Westlake High where she played for the school’s standout golf team.


Ishii won a Southern California PGA event by 11 shots on Sunday in Apple Valley with a six-under-par 59.

“I played a lot of golf this week,” she said wearily.

Ishii was two holes down to Lee after 10 holes but pulled even with a birdie on No. 11 and a par on No. 16. However, Lee birdied the 18th hole to win the match.

In the third round of boys’ competition, both Anthony Marciano of Simi Valley and Steve Farris of Sylmar were eliminated.

Farris, who attends Hart High, was beaten by John Kamikawa of Torrance, 4 and 3. Marciano, who attends Royal High, was defeated by Steve Wagner of Mission Viejo, 3 and 2.

Marciano, the defending Marmonte League champion, placed second in the Southern Section individual championships last month in Santa Barbara.


Oxnard College sophomore right-handers Craig Arnold and Chad Olthoff have signed to play at Cal Lutheran and Cal State Hayward.


Arnold, a Thousand Oaks High graduate, was 3-2 with a 3.45 earned-run average in the conference. He was a second-team All-Western State Conference selection.

Olthoff, a Westlake graduate, was 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA. He was an honorable mention All-Western State Conference pick.

Girls’ Soccer

The Valley United Wild Things advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Youth Soccer Assn. Far West Regionals in Bakersfield on Thursday with a 3-1 victory over Idaho Capital Select.

Jessica Post of Harvard-Westlake, Brenna Vincent of Notre Dame and Tami Pivnick of Chaminade handled the scoring for the Valley-based 16-and-under club, which finished preliminary-round play with a 4-0 record.