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Golfers Win Tie Breaker At Home Against Bullfrogs
As Lady Cougar Angelica Fernandez, right, sends the putt toward the hole, teammate Madison Kindberg gets a good angle to watch the shot. Escalon hosted Bret Harte on the Escalon course and took the match in a tiebreaker on Thursday, Sept. 22. Marg Jackson/The Times

Another busy week for Escalon’s Lady Cougar golf team saw them in a tournament and taking on two league opponents.

Monday, Sept. 19 they traveled to Micke Grove for the Yellow Jacket Tournament, playing on the par 72 course.

Madison Kindberg shot an 88, followed by Angelica Fernandez with a 107; Mary Adams, 119; Amanda Rickman, 120; and Ellie Cunningham 130.

“As a team we finished ninth out of 15,” said head coach Kristie Cathcart. “This tournament is a good preview of how we will be in our league tournaments. As a team we shot 434. Ripon who is the top team shot 358.”

For this tournament, Cathcart said, they took five players and counted four scores. This week, they were scheduled to play at their league mid-season tournament (Monday, Sept. 26) and were taking six girls, with four scores counted.

Tuesday, Sept. 20 they played at Jack Tone, par 31, facing off against league-leading Ripon. The host team carded a 149 to Escalon’s 166.

Kindberg shot a 37, followed by Fernandez at 41; Cunningham, 42; Adams, 46; Rickman, 51; and Shelby McCune, 54.

“Ripon is good. They will most likely take first. We were really nervous to play them,” Cathcart admitted. “I think when we play them at home the score will be a little closer.”

Thursday, Escalon hosted Bret Harte and each team shot a 161 at the Escalon Golf Course.

“We won in a tie breaker 21-23. For the tie breaker you take the #1 handicap hole and take the four scores for that hole,” explained Cathcart, adding that hole 7 at the Escalon course was used for the tie breaker formula.

Leading the way for the day was Fernandez with a 36, followed closely by Kindberg at 38. Next was McCune with a 43, Adams at 44, Cunningham at 45 and Rickman rounding out the scores at 52.

“That 161 is the lowest score on our course this year. Five of the six players beat their opponent which is very impressive against a good team,” said Cathcart. “Angelica shot a 36 which was her lowest score so far. She also took a 3 on hole seven, which gave us the tie breaker.”

The JV girls traveled to River Oaks to play Hughson and Livingston on Wednesday, where they lost to Hughson but beat Livingston. They also got to play Thursday against a couple of Bret Harte girls.

“We don’t keep official score for them, just want to give them experience golfing against other people,” Cathcart explained. “The girls play a lot during practice but playing against other people on the same course is a lot different.”

Following the Sept. 26 tournament, the girls were to travel to Phoenix Lake to play Summerville on Tuesday, after The Times went to press. Then they will host Sonora at home on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m.

“We need to beat Sonora to tie for second with Bret Harte,” said the coach.