Tournament play and a split of Valley Foothill League matches kept Escalon’s varsity lady golfers busy this week.
They were on the road for all three contests, starting with a 62-stroke win against Modesto Christian.
Final score was Escalon 220, Modesto Christian 282 at the Modesto Muni course.
Leading Escalon was Madison Kindberg with a 50, followed by Shelby McCune with a 53. Mary Adams carded a 58, Angelica Fernandez 59, Kristen Gutierrez a 70 and Elise Cunningham a 75.
Even though it was a large margin of victory – Modesto Christian’s low score was a 60 – head coach Kristie Cathcart said her team didn’t have the best day, either.
“Girls were not happy with their scores, so it’s encouraging to know that they think they can do better,” said Cathcart.
Wednesday, the girls played in the 18-hole tournament Sierra High School Invitational at Manteca Golf Course. Par at the course is 72.
“Our team score was 564. Winning team score was 409,” Cathcart noted of the Escalon effort. “Girls were very nervous going into this tournament because there were a lot of bigger schools. I think once they started playing, they forgot they were nervous and just played.”
Kindberg came in at 97, Fernandez 102, McCune 116, Adams 119, Gutierrez 141, Cunningham 130.
The final match of the week went down as a loss, by one stroke, Escalon losing 218-217 to Calaveras.
Again it was Kindberg with the low score of 50, followed by Fernandez with a 51 and McCune the third Lady Cougar in the 50s, carding a 55. Adams had a 62, Cunningham shot a 63 and Gutierrez a 65.
“This was a tough loss since we beat them by a wide margin last time we played them,” explained Cathcart. “Calaveras only had five girls. Three out of the first four girls beat their opponent and then their final girl comes in with a 52.
“The team was very upset, which lets me know that they want to win.”
Cathcart added the girls were making plans for weekend practice on the way home from the Calaveras match.
This week, they were scheduled to play in an 18-hole tournament on Monday, Oct. 12; go to Bret Harte on Tuesday and then will be on the road at Jack Tone to take on Ripon in Thursday action, Oct. 15.