University’s Nodoka Honda – Orange County Register

University girls golf coach Kevin Kasper called a team meeting on a tiny practice green high in the hills above Strawberry Farms Golf Course.

It was time for the traditional preseason pep talk, filled with words such as potential, goals and championship dreams. Only this time, it felt as if he was doing more than rattling off a bunch of cliches.

This team had players filled with promise. Nodoka Honda was among those.

She has a tireless work ethic, Kasper said, and she often headed to the driving range after a match to work on what went wrong while playing for the Trojans.

And this season, Kasper said, Honda became one of those rare cases in sports when her ability and her performance “began to meet.” She posted four scores in the 70s…

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