Chen adjusts, thrives at Linfield Christian as HSGT Girls Golfer of the Year
By Landon Negri
Progressing through the CIF’s girls golf postseason is difficult enough. For Linfield Christian senior Linrui Chen, it became just another hurdle successfully cleared.
Chen went as far as anyone from the Inland area and just missed qualifying for the CIF-State Championships, tying for 20th in the Southern California Regional tournament at Canyon Crest Country Club. She also tied for third in the Southern Section finals, and for those accomplishments, Chen is the HSGameTime Girls Golfer of the Year.
Her success shouldn’t come as a surprise. Chen is an international student from China who came to Linfield as a freshman speaking little English. She also has had to make golf work in a half-and-half situation — because Linfield does not have a girls team, Chen competes as an individual in the fall, and with the Lions’ boys team in the spring.
“It is two seasons, and two mindsets and she’s playing at different tees,” Linfield Christian golf coach Mark Moore said. “That’s really the big difference.”
There’s also been a learning curve. Chen, who recently committed to Boston College to play golf, has worked hard on not only her game, but also her language barrier.
“When she first came here, we’d have to point to something, and she’d spell it on her phone,” Moore said. “Now, she speaks so fluently; you’d never know.”
Now, Moore said, Chen carries a 4.0 grade-point average.
Chen has been an important part of a successful Linfield boys team in the spring. In the fall, she qualifies for the postseason via an individual freelance tournament held just prior to the postseason starting.
Playing different seasons has its own quirk, most notably playing from different tees, making the fall — where play is from the red tees, as opposed to blues in the spring — more challenging.
“She hits it a ton,” Moore said. “She has […]