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Turlock golf tops Pitman, completes 10-0 run

POSTED October 14, 2011 6:53 p.m.

STEVINSON — By having all five scorers shoot 50 or under, including a freshman who was playing at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club for the first time, the Turlock High girls golf team surpassed crosstown rival Pitman High in the Central California Conference finale by 55 strokes (238-293) to complete a 10-0 record on Thursday afternoon.

“It was a good finish for our regular season of play,” Turlock coach Mary Krupka said.

One of the most impressive showings was completed by freshman Bergen Benedict, whose first time at Stevinson ended in a 14-over par 36 in the nine-round match, supporting 43s by Hannah Gong and Darcy Woods, 48 by Kelsi Valenzuela and another 50 by Zara Lopez.

“It was her first time at the course and she managed to stay out of the rough and post a good score,” Krupka said of Benedict.

The Bulldogs aren’t done. They’re looking forward to the CCC Championships on Tuesday at Creekside Golf Course in Modesto, with first tee at 9:30 a.m. But they’ll have to compete without Gong, the team’s No. 1 golfer who will be attending the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis next week.

“The girls are confident they can cover Hannah and make up for her absence,” Krupka said. “We have last year’s returning CCC/team MVP Emma Mendes and the rest of the gals to take care of business.”

For the Pride, Bella Mata had the team’s best showing with a score of 55. Beth Sommerville finished with a 56, Sienna Samra had a 58, Kristina David carded a 59 and Sheyenna Sousa had a 65. Pitman wrapped up the regular league season with a 6-4 record.

To contact Chhun Sun, e-mail csun@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2041.

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