Strong Week On Links For Escalon Golf Girls

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From tour­na­ment play to a sat­is­fy­ing league win, the Escalon golf team put to­gether a very suc­cess­ful week.

The var­sity squad started their week with a trip to the Yel­low Jacket Tour­na­ment at Micke Grove on Mon­day, Sept. 11, play­ing 18 holes.

Pac­ing the ef­fort was Madi­son Kind­berg at 83, El­lie Cun­ning­ham and Mary Adams com­ing in with 96, Mikayla Schut shot a 114 and Amanda Rick­man carded a 115.

Kam­ryn Bradley trav­eled with the team and fired a 102 prac­tice round. Her score didn’t count for team score, said coach Kristie Cath­cart; she just went for the prac­tice.

Team scores saw Escalon tak­ing third place over­all. First place school was Lin­coln, with a 308; sec­ond went to Will C. Wood out of Va­cav­ille, 368; and Escalon was third at 389.

“The next clos­est team in VFL was Sum­merville with 448,” said Cath­cart. “It was a good prac­tice round for mid-sea­son and league tour­na­ments. Both Lin­coln and Wood are big schools.”

Hit­ting the course again on Tues­day, Sept. 12, the girls trav­eled to Moun­tain Springs and de­feated Sonora on their home course, 209-244.

Kind­berg shot a 45, Shelby McCune 54, Adams 56, Rick­man 57, Cun­ning­ham 58 and Schut 61.

Cath­cart said it was a big league win for her squad.

“Sonora had not lost a match be­fore we played them. Last year we tied them at their course and then lost in the tie breaker,” the coach noted. “Af­ter this match we were tied for first with them, each with one loss.”

Thurs­day at home on the Escalon course, the var­sity girls crafted a 150-210 win over Arg­onaut.

Once again lead­ing the way was Kind­berg, card­ing a 32. Also in the 30s were Adams at 38 and Rick­man at 39. McCune came in at 41, Schut at 44 and Cun­ning­ham at 47.

“This is Arg­onaut’s sec­ond year in the league,” Cath­cart noted. “Madi­son shot par. This is the sec­ond time we shot 150. We still need to try to lower a few strokes if we want to beat the bet­ter teams on our course.”

Wed­nes­day the younger play­ers had an op­por­tu­nity to try out their skills in com­pe­ti­tion.

“We had our first 18-hole JV tour­na­ment at Escalon golf course. They played nine holes from the white tees and nine holes from the red tees,” said Cath­cart. “It was a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence for the lower level girls to play 18 holes. We had a 10:30 a.m. shot gun, first cou­ple groups fin­ished by 2:30 p.m. and last few groups fin­ished by 3:30 p.m.”

A to­tal of 22 girls took part in the tour­na­ment, in­clud­ing six girls from the Escalon JV squad.

“We had play­ers from Merced, At­wa­ter, Liv­ingston and El Cap­i­tan. Low score for the day was 91,” Cath­cart said. “We had two girls that shot 94, Kara Kennedy and Ella Adams.”

This past Mon­day, Sept. 18, the girls had their mid­sea­son tour­na­ment (moved up a week), then they trav­eled to Sum­merville on Tues­day.

“Sum­merville beat Sonora Thurs­day at their home course. Sum­merville has im­proved since last year and we did not play very well there last year,” Cath­cart said of need­ing to card a bet­ter ef­fort this time around. “On Thurs­day we start our sec­ond round of league against Ripon at Jack Tone.”

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