In a busy week for golf, the JV girls hit the course for three matches, while the varsity Lady Cougars had only one match.
JV matches were played Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
“We do not have a JV league so all matches are practice matches,” said coach Kristie Cathcart. “It is a great way for girls to gain experience without all the pressure of a varsity match.”
Last year the JV girls had a couple matches and were able to travel to River Oaks.
“This year they were able to have multiple home matches, an 18-hole tournament and two away matches,” Cathcart added. “The more they are able to play the more experience they get and in the end it will make us better.”
Monday, Sept. 25 at home against Atwater, the Escalon JV girls crafted a 181-209 victory. Kamryn Bradley paced the effort with a 42, followed by Kara Kennedy at 43. Sarah Abraham carded a 45, Ella Adams shot a 51, Rachel Lau a 66 and Faith Yost rounded out the effort with a 76.
Wednesday at home against both Livingston and Hughson, Escalon shaved quite a few strokes off their Monday effort, coming in at 174. As it was a practice match, no scores were provided for Livingston or Hughson.
Four young Lady Cougars shot in the 40s on the day, with Kennedy and Abraham at 43, Bradley and Adams at 44, Ella MacKinnon shot a 50, Lau a 53 and Faith Yost came in at 69.
Thursday at Old River against Mountain House all seven JV girls participated but scores were not available.
In the lone varsity match on Tuesday, Sept. 26, Escalon came away with a two-stroke victory over Bret Harte, 157-159.
Madison Kindberg carded a team low 35, with Amanda Rickman coming in at 39. Mary Adams shot a 40 on the day, with Shelby McCune and Mikayla Schut each coming in with a 43. Ellie Cunningham rounded out the varsity effort with a 45.
“We lost to Bret Harte at their course, our only loss, and we were pretty confident that we could beat them at our place,” said Cathcart.
Bret Harte’s coach, who also happens to be Cathcart’s dad, mentioned that the last two years Shelby McCune’s score had been the one to beat them.
“He joked that he told his girls to watch her. After the first four girls we were winning by one,” Cathcart noted. “With Shelby’s score we won by two.”
This week, the JV girls were scheduled to have a match at River Oaks on Monday, Oct. 2 after The Times went to press.
The varsity squad was set to travel to play at Lockeford Springs against Linden on Monday, will play a tournament on Wednesday at Manteca Country Club, and then return to Escalon for a home match against Sonora on Thursday, Oct. 5 with a tee off time of 3 p.m.