Allen shines at CSUN
By Misty Volaski
Little did Beth Allen know when
she joined the Nordhoff boys' golf team at the age of 16 that
she would one day win the Big West Women's Golf Championship.
"I'd picked up clubs when I was younger," she said,
but didn't get serious until her sophomore year. It's a good
thing for Nordhoff that she picked up those clubs, too. As the
leading scorer for the women's golf squad at California State
University-Northridge, she is making a name for both herself
In its first two years of existence, the Nordhoff girls' golf
team triumphed over much-larger, more-established teams in the
Frontier League, thanks in large part to Allen's consistent play.
When Ranger golf coach Dick Sebek saw the need and potential
five years ago for a girls' golf team, he knew Beth, who had
already been doing well on the boys' team, would join.
"I was decent at golf and he knew he could build a team
around me," said Allen. "I got Melody (Shedlosky) and
some other girls out there because they were athletic."
And the rest is history. Nordhoff enjoyed its best years so far
with Beth at the head of the pack. Upon her graduation, the NHS
lady golfers took a hard blow but continue to do well in league
As for Beth, she's now a junior at CSUN, and has been on the
varsity team for two of her three years as a Matador.
Recently, she came in first at the Big West Women's Golf Championship,
posting a 142 to earn her First-Team, All-Big West honors. With
a 75.0 stroke average so far and eight top 20 finishes, it's
Allen just finished up NCAA regionals, where she shot a five-over-par
in three days of play at Arizona State University (par 72). The
first day, she shot a 76, but rallied in the next round with
a 71, followed by a 74 and an even-par 72 to finish 15th out
of a pool of 108 players.
She's got a busy summer, having to find time to visit parents
Bob and Carolyn in their new home in San Diego and somehow finding
time to golf in a flurry of qualifiers and tournaments that will
take her all over the United States - and possibly, the world.
"I might go over to Asia for a month," she said.
So - any pro hopes? "I'm gonna feel it out. I have one more
year of school left," Allen said. "I've gotten better
every year, so we'll see. I'm gonna get my education, go to grad
school. I don't wanna blow everything on golf."
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