CHINO HILLS — The season continues for Highland senior golfer Arlene Salvador who earned one of 28 spots on Thursday to compete at the CIF-SCGA Southern California Girls Golf Championships next week.
It’s an accomplishment she achieved two years ago as a sophomore when she was the first golfer in Highland High School history, male or female, to make it to the Southern California tournament.
“It feels amazing to be here now,” Salvador said. “The last few times I made it here, it felt too good to be true. But now it feels like I’m working hard for my spots in CIF and that each round is another day of grinding. Each and every shot I do is precise, down to the last shot. Every mistake I make is something I have to move on from.
“It also feels like it’s truly a mind game. I have the ability to execute great shots, but it’s a matter of me believing in it and not letting my emotions get to me.”
Salvador played a consistent 18 holes at the Western Hills Golf & Country Club in Chino Hills on Thursday, shooting a 4-over 76. The cut off was at 79.
Putting has been her strong point for the past few weeks and it did not let her down this week.
“It was helping me out today as well,” Salvador said. “I made a few 35-footers that came in clutch for me, and one of them happened to be a birdie putt.”
Salvador will participate in the Southern California championships at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena next Thursday. She said she is hoping to get in a few rounds there before the tournament.
If she makes the cut at what is essentially the state regional tournament, she will qualify for the state championship at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach on Nov. 19. The top nine golfers will move on to state.
“I have to work my hardest and do a lot of preparing by practicing until everything is reliable,” Salvador said.