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Matches, Tourney Play Keep Lady Cougar Golfers Busy
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A solid effort at the midseason tournament at Micke Grove this past week saw Escalon’s golf girls finish fourth in the northern section of the Valley Foothill League.

They also had two regular matches, making for a very busy week.

At the midseason event, Madison Kindberg and Angelica Fernandez each shot a 99 while Shelby McCune added a 118, Mary Adams shot a 120, Ellie Cunningham a 128 and Kristen Gutierrez carding a 133. The four lowest shooters made up the Lady Cougar team score.

“Ripon took first with 404, Sonora second with 420, Bret Harte third with 431, Linden fifth with 437,” coach Kristie Cathcart said. “Overall we took fourth in the north section. We play again at Micke Grove for the league tournament Oct 19.

“Ripon and Sonora are the dominant teams in the league. Us, Bret Harte and Linden are trying for third. The north section only takes three teams to move on to divisionals. We will have to beat Bret Harte and Calaveras again and then beat Bret Harte in the league tournament to move onto divisionals as a team.”

On Tuesday, the Escalon girls were back on the links against Sonora at Mountain Springs and tied at 216-216 as the end of regulation.

Kindberg paced Escalon with a 47, followed by Fernandez with a 51, Adams and McCune each at 59 and both Gutierrez and Cunningham carded 66’s.

On the Tie Breaker Hole #9, Escalon players shot 7, 7, 10 and 7 for a team score of 31, while Sonora had a 5, 9, 8 and 8 for a 30, taking the match by virtue of that one shot.

“Very challenging course with a lot of hills,” Cathcart said. “Only one of our girls had played the course before. Very exciting that we were able to at least tie Sonora on their home course. Next year when we play there we will know what to expect.”

Thursday, Escalon took on Linden at Lockeford Springs and fell in another tight one, 222-223.

Kindberg again had the low round, this time shooting a 49, followed by McCune, Fernandez and Adams with 58’s, Gutierrez at 63 and Cunningham at 65.

“I think the long week caught up to some of the girls,” admitted Cathcart. “We tied Linden when we played them at Escalon. I was really hoping we could beat them. We had them with our first four players, but their fifth girl posted a pretty low score and we lost by one.”

The golf girls have a couple more busy weeks coming up, with an 18-hole tournament and two road matches each week.