After leading Convent's golf team to a 24-3 league record in a dominant four-year stretch, senior Cameron Newman capped a brilliant career by winning the first North Coast Section Division II Championship in school history.
Convent senior Cameron Newman highlighted a stellar career by shooting even par on the back nine at Rooster Run Golf Club on October 24 to claim the first North Coast Section (NCS) Division II Championship in school history.
Navigating lakes, creeks and an island green on the hilly Petaluma course, Cameron recovered from a slow start to finish with what Head Coach Geoff De Santis calls, "the best round I've seen her play."
"Cameron has an amazing ability to stay focused when things are not going well and right the ship at anytime," Geoff says. "That tenacity is why she is the D-II champion."
During Cameron's varsity career, she helped lead the team to a 24-3 record in league play, including a 19-match regular-season winning streak over three seasons and three league titles. She was named first team all-league all four years.
Cameron, who joined the team in 2012 as a freshman, made an impact immediately. She finished second in the League Tournament, which is the qualifier for NCS. In a feat that shows her consistency and commitment, she won the same tournament this year to help the team qualify for NCS for the fourth straight year.
After losing six seniors to graduation, Cameron led a young team this fall as captain. And despite all the individual accomplishments, it's her team mentality that impresses her coach the most. "She takes her knowledge and shares it with her teammates on a daily basis," Geoff says. "Her teammates know they can always go to her when they are in need of help, whether on the course or in the classroom."
As a senior, Cameron showed a new level of dominance on the course, posting a per round average of three-over par, four strokes better than the next best player in the league.
By virtue of winning the NCS Division II title, Cameron went on to play in the NCS Division I Championship at Chardonnay Golf Club in Napa on October 31, where she placed 35th out of 144 golfers.
As for competing at the next level, Geoff believes Cameron can be a college golfer. "I can tell you that if she does continue playing, I will be there watching her first match," adds Geoff, who credits his senior leader with helping put Convent golf on the map.