Tour­na­ment Play, League Ac­tion For Golf Girls

Escalon Times - - SPORTS -

It was a hec­tic week for the Lady Cougars on the golf course, with the squad work­ing hard to im­prove their game.

On Aug. 27, they played in the Merced Tour­na­ment at Merced Coun­try Club.

“All six girls were able to play and fin­ish 18 holes. Mikayla (Schut) is the only one that has played 18 holes be­fore. This is a good tour­na­ment for them to get ex­pe­ri­ence for when they play in the league tour­na­ments,” coach Kristie Cath­cart ex­plained. “Most of them did not like their scores but they did good for their first time. Ella Adams had the low score for our team. We started at 9 a.m. and fin­ished about 3:15 p.m. Long day, thank­fully the weather was not too bad.”

Ac­tion on Aug. 28 saw the Lady Cougars tak­ing on Amador in what ul­ti­mately turned out to be a for­feit win for Escalon on the road.

“This is Amador’s first year in the league and first match. They did not play the first week be­cause they did not have all their play­ers,” Cath­cart said.

They thought they were go­ing to have a full team and ended only hav­ing two play­ers suit up for the match, so it was a for­feit vic­tory on the books for the Lady Cougars.

“Their two girls had never played nine holes be­fore this match,” Cath­cart said.

With that in mind, the coach changed team strat­egy a lit­tle.

“I stressed to the girls to be­come fa­mil­iar with the course so when we played Arg­onaut on the same course we could re­deem our­selves and beat them on their course,” Cath­cart said.

Low score for the day again came from Adams, who shot a 55. Schut was right be­hind at 56 and Ella MacK­in­non came in at 57. Kara Kennedy and Sarah Abra­ham both shot a 60 and Sylvia Gue­vara rounded out the day with a 67.

“Ella and Ella played against the two Amador girls and the ‘older’ four played against each other,” said Cath­cart. “If the scores would have mat­tered we would have shot a 228, which to guar­an­tee a vic­tory against Arg­onaut we still need to knock off a few strokes.”

Thurs­day, host­ing Ripon, it was a two-stroke loss for the Lady Cougars, bat­tling to a 165-167 fi­nal.

Ella Adams had a 40 to lead the team against the league ri­val; Abra­ham had a 41; Gue­vara, Schut and MacK­in­non each came in at 43 and Kennedy had a 45 on the day.

“The girls played re­ally well. We are get­ting bet­ter. Five strokes bet­ter than last match,” noted Cath­cart. “It’s al­ways dis­ap­point­ing to lose to Ripon, even worse when it’s so close.”

Progress is be­ing made, though, as the squad is com­ing together a lit­tle bit more with each match.

“The girls get along re­ally good and are start­ing to gain con­fi­dence in their abil­ity. They had a long, busy week of play­ing golf,” Cath­cart said.

The team was sched­uled to travel to Phoenix Lakes to play Sum­merville on Tues­day, Sept. 4. Sum­merville went into the week tied for first place with four wins.

Escalon will be at home on Thurs­day, Sept. 6 against Sonora.

Cath­cart said she was also able to set up a cou­ple JV matches for the four fresh­men, with their first match set for Wed­nes­day, Sept. 5 against Hugh­son at Escalon.

“We will also be host­ing our sec­ond JV tour­na­ment on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 26. We hosted this last year and had about 25 girls,” Cath­cart added. “They were able to play 18 holes, first nine from the white tees and sec­ond nine from the red tees. It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for the girls and gave them just a lit­tle taste of what it is like to play 18 holes.”

This year the team is host­ing a putt-a-thon fundraiser on Tues­day, Sept 18. The play­ers are cur­rently look­ing for pledges. They will take 100 putts from 10 feet away. Spon­sors can ei­ther pledge a flat rate or pledge per make. The pro­gram is look­ing to pur­chase push carts for each player and will uti­lize the funds raised through the putt-a-thon to help off­set the pur­chase price.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Escalon’s Ella Adams had a strong week on the links for the Lady Cougars, fir­ing a round of 55 against Amador and 40 against Ripon.

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