Due to the heat last week, there were no league matches scheduled for the Escalon Lady Cougar golfers. However, they have gotten in three matches so far, winning one and losing two.
“Our first match of the year was against Sonora at Teleli Golf Course and we lost 213-253. Lucy Allbaugh had the lowest score for the day on either team with a 41 but everyone else was in the 70s,” said head coach Martin Louro. “For three of the girls this was the first full length course they had ever played and Teleli is an extremely difficult course for experienced players.”
The second match for Escalon was at home against Amador.
“We secured our first victory 152-225,” noted Louro. “Lucy shot a 32, Gracie Bracco shot a 36, Rose Percey shot a 40, Genevieve Casazza shot a 44, Jordan Lovett had a 47 and Cortney Ball a 48.”
The third match for the girls was at home against league favorite Ripon, which returns five players from last year’s league champion team.
“We would have needed to have everyone post their best round to have a chance and that did not happen,” Louro admitted.
Allbaugh once again paced the team with a 33, followed by Bracco, 42; Ball, 46; Percey, 47; ultimately falling by a 144-168 final to the visitors.
“With some hard core recruiting I was able to get six more girls to come out and give golf a try,” Louro added. “They are all freshmen and all pretty green but have already shown tremendous improvement.”
This coming week the girls were slated to take on Argonaut.
“Our goal is to finish in the top three in the league again, and make the playoffs,” said Louro. “That is going to be challenging but doable. At this point in the season, it appears that Bret Harte, Sonora and us will be battling for that number three spot.”