Golfers Check­ing Off Goals On ‘To Do’ List

Escalon Times - - SPORTS -

Be­fore the sea­son be­gan, the Escalon High School boy’s golf team came up with four goals that they wanted to ac­com­plish in 2018: go un­de­feated in TVL match play, go un­de­feated through­out the sea­son in match play, win the TVL Tour­na­ment, and win the Sec­tion Tour­na­ment.

By beat­ing Moun­tain House in their last dual match of the sea­son on Wed­nes­day, April 25, the Cougar linksters can check off the first two items on the list. By win­ning 235-403 over the vis­it­ing Mus­tangs, the Pur­ple and Gold rolled to a league record of 12-0 and 18-0 over­all.

What the Cougar golfers ac­com­plished has not been lost on their coach, Rusty Fach­ner.

“Any­time you go un­de­feated it is a won­der­ful ac­com­plish­ment. I don’t care what the level of com­pe­ti­tion is; hav­ing a per­fect record is some­thing to be proud of,” Fach­ner said. “Even more im­pres­sive is the fact that in all 18 wins we’ve had this sea­son, only one match has been de­cided by less than 20 strokes. The guys should be proud of what they have done.”

In beat­ing Moun­tain House, the Cougars once again re­lied on the bal­anced scor­ing they have ex­hib­ited all sea­son long. Nolan Rock­well led the way with a 44, while Matt Spur­geon checked in with 45. Nathan Sarkozy added a 46 and Nic Lat­tig chipped in with a 47. Steven Gately and James Wentzell both fin­ished at 53 on the day to com­plete Escalon’s scor­ing.

Ear­lier in the week, the Cougars took part in the Bull­dog In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment at Tracy Coun­try Club. Play­ing in a very tough field of 18 high-cal­iber teams, Escalon man­aged to fin­ish fourth over­all. This made the fourth tour­na­ment of the sea­son in which the Cougars have fin­ished fourth or higher.

“It was a good tour­na­ment for us to par­tic­i­pate in,” Fach­ner com­mented. “There were some re­ally good teams from the Bay Area and a lot of larger schools. I was happy with the way we played.”

Tak­ing fourth over­all in the tour­na­ment was Rock­well as he posted a 78 for 18 holes. Lat­tig fol­lowed right be­hind him with an 88 and Sarkozy came in at 90. Spur­geon recorded a 91, Gately a 95, and Wentzell fin­ished the scor­ing on the day with a 106.

“I was very proud of the ef­fort we got from our two se­niors, Nolan and Nic. Both of them played re­ally well, and they seem to be play­ing their best golf at the end of the sea­son when we need it most. They backed up their tour­na­ment scores with a qual­ity ef­fort against Moun­tain House as well. I’m re­ally hop­ing that this is the kind of play that we’ll see in the two big tour­na­ments we have com­ing up,” Fach­ner con­cluded.

The Cougars close out their sea­son with the Tran­sVal­ley League Tour­na­ment, which was sched­uled for Tues­day, May 1 at Micke Grove Golf Links af­ter The Times went to press, and then travel to Cas­tle Oaks Golf Course on the fol­low­ing Mon­day, May 7 to take part in the Sec­tion Cham­pi­onships. If Escalon is able to win the Sec­tion cham­pi­onship, they will play in the Master’s Tour­na­ment at The Re­serve at Spanos Park on May 14.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Cougar Matt Spur­geon lines up his shot as he gets ready to tee off against Moun­tain House on Wed­nes­day, April 25. Look­ing on is team­mate James Wentzell.

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