Orange County girls golfer of the year: Edison’s Chloe Lam

By DAN ALBANO | dalbano@scng.com | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: June 29, 2021

The freshman’s season included finishing a county-best second at the CIF-SCGA SoCal championships

Edison High golfer Chloe Lam burst onto the high school scene this spring with several impressive finishes but that’s not what meant most to the freshman.

The highlight for the three-year veteran of the American Junior Golf Association circuit was playing with a team for the first time.

Lam prized a road trip to Oxnard with teammates, staying in a hotel and meeting for a team dinner. She enjoyed playing rounds with different teammates and the camaraderie before and after matches.

“They made it special for me,” she said of her teammates, including playing partners Katherine Crinella, Erin Johnson and Hallie Brisco. “It was really fun.”

Lam also delivered plenty of strong play to make it a successful season. The Register’s girls golfer of the year shot a 2-under-par 69 to finish second at the season-ending CIF-SCGA Southern California high school championships and helped the Chargers place fourth in the team race.

The 5-foot-3 Lam, who relies on her consistency and emerging short game, carded three birdies and one bogey to finish just one shot behind the winner.

Lam shot a 75 to place third at the Southern regional tournament. At finals, Edison’s team MVP carded another 75 to finish among the top 10 players.

Lam also qualified for the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship in Maryland, July 12-17.

“It was unbelievable,” Edison coach Brad Johnson said of Lam’s freshman season.