Lady Cougars Split Golf Matches In League Play

Escalon Times - - SPORTS -

Three chances to get out on the course of­fered Escalon’s golf girls the op­por­tu­nity to work on all as­pects of their game this past week.

“Mon­day we scrim­maged Liv­ingston at Ran­cho Del Rey (par 32),” said coach Kristie Cath­cart. “Not the great­est out­ing, but a chance for the girls to see a long course. Five of the six have played be­fore, but have only played at Escalon. Mikayla Schut is the only re­turner from last year’s team.”

League ac­tion started for the Lady Cougars on Tues­day, Aug. 21 on the home course at Escalon. They took a tough one-shot loss to vis­it­ing Arg­onaut, 182-183.

Sarah Abra­ham shot a 44 to lead the team, with Ella MacKin­nan next with a 45. Sylvia Gue­vara and Kara Kennedy each came in at 47, Mikayla Schut had a 49 and round­ing out the ef­fort was Ella Adams with a 50.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we started league with a loss. It wasn’t the great­est round for us, espe­cially when both my­self and the girls know they can play bet­ter,” Cath­cart said. “I think it was a lit­tle wake-up call for them. The team worked re­ally hard on their short game (50 yards and un­der) at prac­tice on Wed­nes­day.”

That ef­fort seemed to pay some div­i­dends as Escalon dropped their score by 11 strokes on Thurs­day and took the win against vis­it­ing Water­ford, 172-238.

“Water­ford is new to the league this year,” Cath­cart said.

Abra­ham had an­other solid ef­fort to pace the team with a 40 on the af­ter­noon. Schut had a 42, Gue­vara 43, Adams had a 47 and Kennedy had a 48. MacKin­nan was ill and not avail­able to play.

“We played much bet­ter. We will not be able to beat the bet­ter teams, Ripon and Bret Harte, with this score but we will be very com­pet­i­tive with the other teams in our league,” noted Cath­cart. “Sarah has been very con­sis­tent and is do­ing a re­ally good job.”

The coach added that she an­tic­i­pates Ripon and Bret Harte to be the top teams in the league and both will be very hard to beat.

“We have a re­ally good chance of beat­ing the other teams in our league as long as the team keeps im­prov­ing and con­tin­ues to grow their con­fi­dence in their abil­ity,” Cath­cart said.

The girls will be at home Thurs­day, Aug. 30 to host Ripon; they were sched­uled to also play in an 18-hole tour­na­ment on Mon­day and had a match on the road Tues­day prior to the home game against Ripon.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Back on the links this sea­son, se­nior Sylvia Gue­vara tees off in Thurs­day af­ter­noon ac­tion against vis­it­ing Water­ford in league play. The host Lady Cougars got the win.

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