A split of their matches for the week saw Escalon’s varsity golf girls top Linden but fall just a few strokes short against Bret Harte.
They won their game against Linden by a 167-186 final, paced by the identical 38s from Mikayla Schut and Ella Adams.
Ella MacKinnon had a 45 on the day, Sylvia Guevara 46, Kara Kennedy 48, and Sarah Abraham carded a 49.
“Mikayla and Ella had really good scores and five out of our six girls beat their opponent,” said coach Kristie Cathcart.
Taking on the Bullfrogs later in the week, it was a three-stroke difference, as Escalon lost in a 156-159 decision.
Schut had another outstanding day, leading the team with a 36 and Adams was right behind with a 38. MacKinnon shot a 42, with Kennedy and Guevara each shooting 43. Abraham closed out the scoring for Escalon with a 44.
“We almost had them,” Cathcart said. “This would have made our season to beat them. Mikayla played great; she beat her opponent, who is leading the league.”
Cathcart said the girls have continued to play hard throughout the season, learning as they go.
“We have lost three home matches this season and they were to the top three teams by a total of six strokes, we beat the fourth place team at home,” she pointed out. “Escalon seems like an easy course because it’s flat and short, but there are a lot of trees that line the fairways that make it challenging for away teams.”
The girls were scheduled to play in the year end tournament on Monday, past sports press time for The Times.
Based on scores in that tournament, the team could move on or just send some individuals on to the Divisionals, scheduled Monday, Oct. 22 at Micke Grove.