Wet weather and course conditions caused the Escalon boy’s golf team to play an extremely abbreviated schedule over the past week. Able to only play one match, the Cougar linksters defeated Hilmar on Thursday to run their overall record to 7-2 and their second-place Trans-Valley League mark to 4-1.
“Considering the horrible weather we had, there was little time for our guys to get out and practice,” Coach Rusty Fachner commented. “I was proud of our effort, considering we entered the match cold turkey. We’ll take the win.”
In the 234-318 victory over the Yellowjackets at Diablo Grande Golf Course, it was Zack Gardner returning to his old ways as he carded an even-par 36 to lead the Cougars.
“I was happy to see Zack play so well on a really tough course,” stated Fachner. “He’s been pressing a little lately. It was good to see him go out, have fun, and play some outstanding golf. I’m beginning to think he likes Diablo Grande.”
Fachner was referring to Gardner’s recent third place finish at the Yellowjacket Invitational, which was also held at Diablo Grande. Following Gardner’s effort was Nathan Sarkozy with a 47, while Nick Lattig checked in at 49. Fachner was also quick to point out the effort by Lattig.
“Nick works so hard and really cares about his golf. It was good to see him come in under 50. That’s a huge step in his progress. I hope he can keep going lower.”
Finishing out the Cougar scoring was Brandon Levin with a 50, Brad DaDalt with a 52 and Danny Bava with a 53.
The Cougars will play three matches this week against Orestimba, Hughson, and Riverbank. Quirks in the schedule make the contest against Riverbank only the second match Escalon has had at home this season.
“We’ve really been road warriors. It will be good to be at home for a few matches over the next few weeks,” Fachner concluded.