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Benefield: Singh cousins leading girls golf resurgence at Rancho

  • Rancho Cotate golfers and cousins, Taylor, left and Taj Singh straighten out their golf swings, Wednesday Sept. 9, 2015 on the driving range at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2015

Adam Green couldn’t believe it.

Not sisters?

So close are Taylor and Taj Singh, sophomore and freshman golfers on Rancho Cotate’s girls squad, so compatible in temperament, so close in personality and interest, and so driven to bring some success to the Rancho golf program, most assumed the two were sisters. I did. Green did.

“You lied to me,” he teased them when the ruse was uncovered just prior to teeing off against Montgomery High at Bennett Valley Golf Course on Tuesday.

Of course, the Singh “sisters” don’t make it easy. They call themselves sisters even though they are cousins. Deep into an afternoon round of golf against Montgomery, the two were still referring to each other as sisters until corrected. “I mean, cousins,” Taylor said.

“You can call us sisters because we practically are,” Taylor said.

The Singhs, along with senior Rachel Sousa, are the centerpiece of Rancho’s resurgent girls golf program. Two years ago, the team folded for lack of interest. Last season, even with Taylor Singh and Sousa, it was difficult. There were forfeits.

“A total of nine came out but only four or five were consistent,” Green, now in his second season as coach, said. “By the end of the year, it was hard for us to field a team.”

But something is changing this season and the change is apparent almost immediately.

“This is the biggest squad I’ve seen you guys have — ever,” Montgomery coach Chris Giovannini said upon checking in the Cougars for their round.

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