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Tournament, Match Play Keeps Golf Girls On Course

A busy week of golf saw Escalon’s varsity girls play at Micke Grove in the Yellow Jacket Tournament to start off the week.

“There were 15 teams and we finished eighth. The top three teams were D1 and D3 schools,” said coach Kristie Cathcart. “Bret Harte and Ripon, both teams from Valley Foothill League north, were above us.”

Mikayla Schut was the only Lady Cougar player that had played the course before.

“She shot a 102, which is several strokes lower than her score last year,” said Cathcart.

Ella Adams shot 103, and Sarah Abraham 105.

“The girls did a good job. If they can all shoot the same scores for the mid-season tournament we should finish third behind Bret Harte and Ripon,” Cathcart added.

On Sept. 11, the girls traveled to the par 36 Greenhorn Creek course to take on Bret Harte, falling there, 200-225.

Ella Adams paced the effort with a 49, followed by Kara Kennedy, 54; Mikayla Schut 57; Sylvia Guevara, 65; Sarah Abraham, 66; Ella MacKinnon, 75.

“Greenhorn is a very tough course and we have never played very good there. Bret Harte definitely has home course advantage,” said Cathcart. “That 225 is the best we have done there in the last four years, so overall the girls did really well. Ella shooting a 49 is one of the lowest scores shot on that course by a non-Bret Harte golfer this season.”

The coach added that the team was a bit flustered and frustrated at the finish of the match.

“But when looking at the other scores that teams have posted there, they have nothing to be ashamed of,” she pointed out.

Thursday, the girls were a few strokes better at Elkhorn Golf Course in Stockton, another par 36 course, and edged out Linden, 222-224.

Adams again shot the team low, 53 while Schut came in at 54, MacKinnon 57, Kennedy 58, Abraham 60 and Guevara 64.

“The score was much closer than I thought it would be. Linden’s two best golfers shot their lowest scores this match,” Cathcart said. “We are 4-4, and in fifth place behind Argonaut.”

The girls were scheduled to play in the mid-season tournament on Monday and play Argonaut at Castle Oaks on Thursday, Sept. 20 looking to get a win against Argonaut to overtake them in league.