Rodriguez Chindavong golfer qualifies for state tournament

FAIRFIELD — Rodriguez High School’s Nikki Chindavong tied for 10th overall on Monday with a round of 76 at the California Interscholastic Federation Northern California Golf Championships and qualified for the upcoming state tournament.

Chindavong opened play at Berkeley Country Club in El Cerrito with a pair of birdies on the par-4 first hole and par-3 second hole. She had a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 third before recovering well playing the last six holes on the front side at 1-over-par.

Chindavong was 2-over at the back before earning a playoff holeshot to earn the opportunity to advance. She will be one of 54 golfers competing in the national competition.

“We’re all very excited,” Rodriguez head coach and athletic director Tracy Lopez said. “It was her goal for four years and she has now achieved it. To say I am proud is an understatement. I am thrilled and feel blessed to be with her on the ride.

Granite Bay’s Ellie Bushnell won the title with a 71-1 under par. Her teammate Tavia Burgess was second with a 72 and Valley Christian’s Francesca Sumcad was third with a 73.

Valley Christian was the tag team champion with a 392. Monte Vista was second with a 397 and third went to Pleasant Grove with a 398. These are the only three teams that have beaten 400.

The national final will take place next Wednesday at the San Gabriel Country Club. San Gabriel is near Pasadena in Southern California.