Scrimmages went well for the Escalon Lady Cougar golfers this week, as they prepare for action in the Valley Foothill League.
“We scrimmaged Gustine on Tuesday at St. Stan in Ceres and then Hughson on Thursday. Both scrimmages went good,” said coach Kristie Cathcart. “On Thursday we had one of our lowest scores compared to last year. The girls were excited but they know that we need lower scores to beat some of the better teams.”
Escalon hosted Hughson for the Thursday scrimmage at the Escalon Golf Course, getting a chance to play on their home course.
Coach Cathcart said the league is wide-ranging and the girls will see plenty of competition.
“Bret Harte and Ripon will be good again this year. Our golf league is the VFL (Valley Foothill League) made up of teams from the Trans-Valley League, Mother Lode League and Southern League teams,” explained Cathcart. “Escalon, Ripon, Argonaut, Linden, Sonora and Summerville make up the north division and Hilmar, Hughson, Gustine, Mountain House, Orestimba, Ripon Christian and Riverbank make up the South.”
With a solid list of returning players, Cathcart said expectations are high.
“We should be in the top three of the north division again, but other teams are getting better which puts a little more pressure on us,” Cathcart noted. “We only lost one starter from last year and are returning five seniors.”
There are 14 girls on team, including five seniors, one junior, three sophomores and five freshmen.
“Everyone has been working really hard. I have four freshmen with limited experience and they have already improved from the first day,” said Cathcart. “Madison Kindberg, Mary Adams, Amanda Rickman, Shelby McCune, Ellie Cunningham, Mikayla Schut (sophomore), and Kamryn Bradley (freshman) will be in the top spots.”
The Escalon JV Lady Cougars golf team has four matches and an 18-hole tournament scheduled so far.
The girls were scheduled to travel for tournament play on Monday and opened up league play on Tuesday, Aug. 29 against Ripon at Escalon and Thursday, Aug. 31 against Bret Harte at Greenhorn Creek.
“We will see how we stand after this week,” Cathcart said.