place at the PGA Oak Valley Tournament of Champions recently.
"She has great course management and she's very focused," Newport
Harbor coach Scott Tarnow said. "And she doesn't succumb to stress.
Every year she has gotten better."
As an illustration of her continued improvement and dominance of
the Sea View League, her freshman year, Draganza won the league
individual title by four strokes. Her sophomore year, she won the
individual championship by six strokes. Last season as a junior,
Draganza won the league title by 10 strokes.
"She's just a superstar," Tarnow said.
Draganza leads a young squad that includes top-notch returners Iko
Kagasoff and Kendall Horn. The Sailors should get a boost from
newcomers Ali Grace, Taylor Funk and Tiffany Kim.
"We have a young team. We actually might be even better next year,
despite losing Draganza," said Tarnow, whose team boasts two juniors,
two sophomores and a freshman. "I think they will all get better. Our
young players just have to work on course management and
understanding what each situation calls for."
That shouldn't take long because Newport Harbor typically is a
team full of smart players.
"They push for straight As. They were CIF Southern Section
academic champions four years ago, and they've been in the top five
basically every year," Tarnow said. "I take it as a personal goal and
make sure they understand these are important years for them."
Newport Harbor golfers typically end up at quality colleges
whether they continue to golf or not. One of last year's star
players, Kayleigh Horn, is continuing her golf and academic careers
at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Newport Harbor expects to compete for the Sea View League
championship with Woodbridge and Aliso Niguel. Foothill also should
"There is plenty of competition," said Tarnow, who is in his sixth
season with the Newport Harbor golf program.
Newport Harbor aims to finish above .500 in the Sea View League
and return to the CIF team playoffs, where it finished eighth last