Both the JV and varsity Escalon Lady Cougar golfers got the chance to hit the links this week, the youngest girls playing a close match while their varsity counterparts lost by one stroke to start the week, then put together a solid round in getting a non-league win.
“On Monday our JV team played Hughson at Escalon. Six girls played, Tati Martinez, Mikayla Vega, Carly Stewart, Sylvia Guevara, Laura Lagier, and Amelia Peeples,” explained coach Kristie Cathcart. “The girls played very well. It was their first time in a competitive match playing against another team. They will play against Hughson three more times this season.”
For the varsity, final score saw Escalon losing by a final of Ripon 164, Escalon 165 in action on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Escalon was paced by Madison Kindberg with a 35, followed by Angelica Fernandez, 42; Mary Adams, 43; Shelby McCune, 45; Ellie Cunningham, 48 and Kristen Gutierrez, 51.
Ripon had two players in the 30s.
“We were ahead by one stroke after the first four girls. Their last two girls did really well and we ended up losing by one,” said Cathcart. “We shot a 165 which is our second lowest score at Escalon. Our girls are very competitive and want to win. They have been practicing on their own which shows their dedication to the sport.”
Thursday the varsity played Ripon Christian at Jack Tone in a non-league match.
“Our goal for this match was to get familiar with the course so when we play Ripon at the end of the season at this course we know what to expect,” Cathcart noted. “We need to shoot a lot lower to beat Ripon, but I think seeing the course will help them later on.”
Escalon won the match, 185-209 over Ripon Christian.
Kindberg carded the low round of 39, followed by McCune, 47; Fernandez, 49; Adams and Cunningham each with a 50; and Martinez at 62.
Ripon Christian played with four girls, shooting a 44, 44, 60, and 61.
“This week starts a very busy three weeks for us,” Cathcart said. “We have an 18 hole tournament every week along with two away matches.
“The girls have been working really hard on their golf game, but also very hard in the classroom. Most of the team has AP world history, one has AP English, one has Chemistry, one is in Physics along with many other challenging courses. The fact that they can practice as much as they have been and still pass classes says a lot about the caliber of players we have on our team.”
This week, the Lady Cougars traveled to the midseason tournament at Micke Grove on Monday, Sept. 28 and also travel to Mountain Springs in Sonora to play the first place team. Thursday, Oct. 1 they will travel to Lockeford Springs to play a team they lost to in a tiebreaker last time.
“The following week we have a match on Tuesday, all day tournament Wednesday, and an away match on Thursday. They then have a tournament in Tracy the following Monday with away matches Tuesday and Thursday,” Cathcart said of the team’s hectic pace.