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Golf Girls Take Third Overall In Mid-Season Tournament
Freshman Genevieve Cazassa, shown here watching her shot off the tee at Escalon golf course, carded a 123 and finished in 16th place overall at the recent 18-hole mid-season tournament in Manteca for the Valley Foothill League. Photo Contributed

Play in the mid-season tourney and a league match saw the Escalon golf girls on the course a couple of times this past week.

On Monday, Sept. 20 they traveled to the par 72 Manteca Golf Course for the Valley Foothill League Mid-Season Tournament.

Escalon finished third overall as a team and Lucy Allbaugh, pacing the squad with an 87 for the 18 holes, was the third overall finisher out of 35 participants.

Bella Ambro was in the top 10, carding a 109 and taking ninth place overall. She was followed by Sarah Bava, 118, 13th out of 35; Genevieve Cazassa, 123, 16th overall; Gracie Bracco, 135, 18th place finish; Kelsey Webster, 140 to finish in 20th place overall.

Team scores saw Ripon on top at 390, followed by Argonaut, 405; Escalon, 437; Bret Harte, 481; Linden, 563; Sonora, 587; Summerville, no score.

“Overall we did a good job. It was a long day and the first time three of the six have played 18 holes in a tournament,” noted co-coach Kristie Cathcart. “Ripon’s four scores were all in the top 10. They are a very good team. Their number one shot a 71.”

Cathcart said her team is lucky to be able to use the Escalon golf course for practices and home matches, but they don’t get as much putting practice in as they would like because of the greens being in rough shape. That sometimes hampers their putting game on other courses as well, said the coach.

Thursday, the girls went to Jack Tone and faced off with VFL leader Ripon, falling by a 159-184 decision.

“Putting was our challenge along with our mental game. We always want to beat Ripon so bad, so when you have a bad shot it’s hard to shake it off and move on,” Cathcart explained. “The number three hole placement was in a very tough spot and cost a couple girls a few strokes.”

Allbaugh shot a team low 39, followed by Ambro, 45; Cazassa, 49; Bracco, 51; Bava, 52; Webster, 57.

Co-coach Martin Louro was able to travel with the team for the Ripon match on Thursday.