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Tough Week Sees Golf Girls Struggle
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Escalon’s Sarah Abraham lines up a putt in recent competition for the varsity Lady Cougars. Marg Jackson/The Times

The midseason tournament and a league match both saw higher than hoped for scores posted by the Escalon Lady Cougar golfers.

They traveled to Micke Grove to play on the par 72 course on Sept. 17 for the midseason tournament.

“Not a very good day for us. I thought we could have done much better after the week before,” said coach Kristie Cathcart. “Scores went up which isn’t good. Overall we finished fifth out of nine teams. Our team score was 475, Ripon came in first with 393. We were 10 strokes behind Summerville and 20 behind Argonaut.”

Escalon was hoping to finish ahead of Argonaut and then defeat them later in the week to climb higher in the league standings but that did not pan out.

“Argonaut finished two spots above us so even if we would have beat them on Thursday they would still be ahead of us,” Cathcart noted.

Mikayla Schut paced the team effort at the midseason event with a 105, followed by Sarah Abraham at 112, Ella Adams at 120, Ella MacKinnon coming in with a 138 and Sylvia Guevara at 142.

Thursday, the team traveled to Ione to play Argonaut at the par 36 Castle Oaks course and lost by 10 strokes in a 222-232 final.

Schut again was the team leader with a score of 50, followed by Adams coming in with a 55. Abraham shot a 62 on the day, Kara Kennedy had a 65, MacKinnon a 69 and Guevara rounded out the day with a 71.

“Mikayla was the low score at 50, Ella was fifth with 55,” Cathcart said. “Their top three were 51, 53 and 54. I really thought we could have beaten them on their course when looking at their previous rounds. Argonaut shot their lowest score for this match than they have at home all season.”

Escalon’s record went to 4-5 with the loss to Argonaut, currently tied with Linden in fifth place.

They were scheduled to play Waterford at St. Stan on Tuesday, with the JV 18-hole tournament at Escalon Golf Course on Wednesday and then the varsity hosts Amador at home on Thursday.

“The JV tournament is something I started last year. Great experience for younger girls,” said Cathcart. “They will play nine holes from white tees and then nine holes from red tees. Last year we had 24 girls, we should have almost 30 this year.”

The tournament was slated for a 10:30 a.m. shot gun start.