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Split Of Matches For Cougar Golf Boys
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Cougar golfers got together for a Thursday night awards presentation, following the conclusion of a 10-4 season. Shown, back row from left, Zack Valencia, Bryce McKenzie, Zach Smallwood, Kaden Schrotenboer, Benjamin Millard, Austin Schweickert. Front row from left, T.J. McNeil, Jacob Dugo, Matthew Smith. Not Pictured: Ryan Trick. Photo Courtesy Of Michelle McKenzie

As the final week of the season concluded, the Escalon Cougar boys had two golf matches, both away.

On May 24, they played Kimball at Tracy Country Club, par 36.

“Unfortunately the wind played a big part in a loss as the boys had difficulty reaching the greens in regulation,” said co-coach Vern Millard.

The final score was 240-255 in favor of Kimball.

For the Cougars, leading the way was Ben Millard with a 47, followed by Bryce McKenzie 49, Jacob Dugo 50, Kaden Schrotenboer 51, Matt Smith 58 and Zach Smallwood 66.

“Wednesday, (May 26) it was the last match of the season, concluding at Manteca Golf Course with Manteca High School,” Millard said. “It ended with a win scoring 233 to 275.”

Schrotenboer carded a 41, with McKenzie at 44, TJ McNeil 45, Dugo 50 and Smith 62.

“The boys ended the season with a 10 and 4 record, playing in the Valley Oak League. Looking forward to even a better season next year as all the boys will be returning with exception of one senior,” noted Millard.

Nine of the 10 team members were honored as Scholar Athletes, achieving a GPA of 3.0 or above and two – Ben Millard and Bryce McKenzie – both earned a 4.0 GPA this year. Also earning the Scholar Athlete recognition were Zack Valencia, Zach Smallwood, Kaden Schrotenboer, Austin Schweickert, T.J. McNeil, Jacob Dugo and Ryan Trick.

It was the first season for co-coaches Dale Clayton and Vern Millard and they gathered the team for its awards night ceremony on Thursday.

Recognized with team honors this season were: Most Valuable Player T.J. McNeil, Most Dedicated Player Bryce McKenzie, Most Inspirational Kaden Schrotenboer, Most Improved Jacob Dugo and Coaches Award Zach Smallwood.