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Golfers Keep Up Hectic Early Season Pace Of Play
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Lady Cougar Amanda Rickman watches her ball after teeing off on the first hole during a Thursday afternoon match at the Escalon Golf Course. The girls have had a busy schedule so far this season. Marg Jackson/The Times

A busy week for Escalon’s Lady Cougar golfers saw them get on the course for scrimmages and league play.

First they faced off with Gustine in a scrimmage at the Escalon Golf Course and they took a 162-233 win over the visitors. Madison Kindberg led the way with a 38, followed by Angelica Fernandez and Shelby McCune each carding a 40. Mary Adams shot a 44, Ellie Cunningham carded a 51 and Tati Martinez a 55.

Heading to the Turlock Golf and Country Club, the Lady Cougars got past Hughson, 223-231 at the par 36 course.

Scores were higher on the Turlock course, but the team was able to prevail. Leading the way was Kindberg at 46, followed by Fernandez with a 51. Amanda Rickman came in with a 58, McCune with a 68, Adams at 69, Cunningham carded a 73 and Martinez rounded out the effort with a 74.

The two league matches this week were against Bret Harte and Summerville, while they also played in a tournament at Merced Country Club on Monday, Aug. 29.

“Tournament had a different format than normal tournaments. We took five girls,” explained coach Kristie Cathcart.

Number one player Kindberg played a normal 18-hole match. The number two and three golfers (Fernandez and Adams) golfed together as a team and had different formats on each hole. They either played alternate shot, scramble or schamble. The four and five golfers, Cunningham and Rickman, golfed together and played scramble on front 9 and alternate shot on back 9.

“The format was designed to help the speed of play,” Cathcart explained. “Although we did not win we did not lose either.”

In league play, Bret Harte topped the Lady Cougars with a score of Bret Harte 217, Escalon 228 in a match played at Greenhorn Creek, par 36.

Kindberg carded a 46, Fernandez a 52, while Cunningham finished with a 63, Rickman with a 67. Rounding out the scores were McCune at 72, Martinez with a 73.

“We were able to take an extra person to this match, but still only used the first six scores,” Cathcart said. “Greenhorn is a very hard course and it showed in some of the scores. Bret Harte is a good team and will be one of the top teams in the league.”

Escalon bounced back with a 168-196 win over Summerville to split their league matches for the week. Kindberg was solid with a 35, Fernandez came in with a 40 and Rickman had a good round at 41. McCune and Cunningham each shot a 52 and Martinez had a 53 on the afternoon.

“We still aren’t where we want to be scoring on our home course,” admitted Cathcart. “We still have a few weeks before we play the top teams on our course, so we have plenty of time to keep improving.”

The Lady Cougars are scheduled to host Linden on Thursday, Sept. 8 and will be home to host Argonaut on Tuesday, Sept. 13.