Split Of Week’s Matches For Lady Cougar Golfers

Escalon Times - - SPORTS - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

Win­ning a pre­sea­son, tech­ni­cally non-scored match against Ripon Chris­tian, the Escalon var­sity Lady Cougar golfers opened their 2015 cam­paign with a league match Thurs­day against Sonora.

First year head coach Kristie Cath­cart said the team, which is in a re­build­ing year with only two re­turn­ing play­ers with var­sity ex­pe­ri­ence, played well but fell to the more ex­pe­ri­enced vis­it­ing Wild­cats.

“It was the best we’ve done, we shot a 176,” Cath­cart said.

Sonora took the match by a fi­nal of 159-176 and lead­ing the Escalon team was An­gel­ica Fer­nan­dez with a 39. Mary Adams shot a 44, Shelby McCune carded a 45 and round­ing out the scor­ing for Escalon was Kris­ten Gu­tier­rez at 48. The team played well de­spite not hav­ing nor­mal low scorer Madi­son Kind­berg avail­able for the match.

In an ear­lier con­test against Ripon Chris­tian, Escalon was a 182-211 win­ner.

“It wasn’t re­ally a scor­ing match, it was non-league, but we won,” Cath­cart said.

Kind­berg paced the team with a 40 on the par 32 Escalon course, fol­lowed by McCune with a 43, Fer­nan­dez with a 48 and El­lie Cun­ning­ham with a 51.

“All our matches are home the first half of the sea­son,” Cath­cart said, not­ing that work is un­der­way at the Escalon Golf Course and there are some tem­po­rary greens in op­er­a­tion now. Later, it will be im­pos­si­ble for the girls to play there while work con­tin­ues so they will spend the sec­ond half of the sea­son on the road.

“There are some tem­po­rary greens, they are work­ing on the sand traps,” Cath­cart said.

The work go­ing on has forced the girls to work a lit­tle harder on their home course, she added, which hope­fully will trans­late into so­lid­i­fy­ing their skills as they wind their way through the league sched­ule.

“We’ll get some good ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing here, then go to the harder cour­ses,” Cath­cart said.

This week, the girls are sched­uled to host Modesto Chris­tian in a league match on Thurs­day, Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. and then head to Stevin­son Ranch for the an­nual Yel­lowjacket In­vi­ta­tional on Mon­day, Sept. 14.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Lin­ing up the putt on the first hole, Lady Cougar golfer Shelby McCune carded a 45 in ac­tion against Sonora on Thurs­day, a match that went in the books as a

loss for Escalon, 159-176.

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