Cougars Sting Yel­low­jack­ets In Trans-Val­ley League Golf

Escalon Times - - SPORTS -

Wet weather and course con­di­tions caused the Escalon boy’s golf team to play an ex­tremely ab­bre­vi­ated sched­ule over the past week. Able to only play one match, the Cougar linksters de­feated Hil­mar on Thursday to run their over­all record to 7-2 and their sec­ond-place Trans-Val­ley League mark to 4-1.

“Con­sid­er­ing the hor­ri­ble weather we had, there was lit­tle time for our guys to get out and prac­tice,” Coach Rusty Fach­ner com­mented. “I was proud of our ef­fort, con­sid­er­ing we en­tered the match cold turkey. We’ll take the win.”

In the 234-318 vic­tory over the Yel­low­jack­ets at Di­ablo Grande Golf Course, it was Zack Gard­ner re­turn­ing to his old ways as he carded an even-par 36 to lead the Cougars.

“I was happy to see Zack play so well on a re­ally tough course,” stated Fach­ner. “He’s been press­ing a lit­tle lately. It was good to see him go out, have fun, and play some out­stand­ing golf. I’m be­gin­ning to think he likes Di­ablo Grande.”

Fach­ner was re­fer­ring to Gard­ner’s re­cent third place fin­ish at the Yel­low­jacket In­vi­ta­tional, which was also held at Di­ablo Grande. Fol­low­ing Gard­ner’s ef­fort was Nathan Sarkozy with a 47, while Nick Lat­tig checked in at 49. Fach­ner was also quick to point out the ef­fort by Lat­tig.

“Nick works so hard and re­ally cares about his golf. It was good to see him come in un­der 50. That’s a huge step in his progress. I hope he can keep go­ing lower.”

Fin­ish­ing out the Cougar scor­ing was Bran­don Levin with a 50, Brad DaDalt with a 52 and Danny Bava with a 53.

The Cougars will play three matches this week against Ores­timba, Hugh­son, and River­bank. Quirks in the sched­ule make the con­test against River­bank only the sec­ond match Escalon has had at home this sea­son.

“We’ve re­ally been road war­riors. It will be good to be at home for a few matches over the next few weeks,” Fach­ner con­cluded.

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