Starting the preseason with seven players, Escalon girls golf coach Martin Louro is anticipating seeing a few more as they continue with league action.
“We have four returning players: Lucy Allbaugh, Gracie Bracco, Genevieve Casazza and Jordan Lovett,” Louro said.
Newcomers are Rose Percey, Cortney Ball, Mia Fernandes.
“Lucy and Gracie are seniors and everyone else is a sophomore or freshman. Lucy made all league last year and we expect her to anchor the squad again this year,” Louro noted. “I know that all the returners will be fine once they get back into the ‘swing’ of things and Rose and Cortney have the potential to be solid, but it takes a tremendous amount of time and practice. Golf is a very tough sport both mentally and physically, but with the right attitude and dedication it can bring a lifetime of joy.”
The team started its league season this past week at Teleli, which is Sonora’s home course.
“Teleli is the old Mountain Springs course and is by far the toughest physically as it is very hilly, and we had a bit of a tough outing,” said the coach. “Lucy was Lucy and shot a 5 over 41 but then all other girls were in the 70s.”
Action this week was to include play in the Hilmar Tournament on the road, then are home for league matches against Amador and Ripon.
“We are going to keep practicing to get those scores down in the 50s where they belong,” Louro said.
Escalon’s girls team plays its home matches at the Escalon Golf Course and compete in the Valley Foothill League – North.