For the first time this season, Turlock and Pitman High's varsity girls’ golf teams met on the course at St. Stanislaus for a friendly crosstown Central California Conference showdown.
The Pitman Pride battled against the CCC power in Turlock the best they could with the team's No. 1 Nikita Samra leading the way with the team’s best score of 41.
However, the Bulldogs had seven players shoot under 40 and they were able to best the Pride handedly, 176-242.
“We went in there knowing we had to perform and that is what my team did,” said Turlock head coach Mary Krupka. “At this point, Turlock High is riding players from last year as well as some new ones. Pitman is building and trying to gain experience.”
“The girls played great,” said Pitman head coach Kris Shaw. “Turlock is a great team with great depth, so we have to be on our ‘A’ game to have a shot.”
Unfortunately, Pitman was not and the 'Dogs just rode their wave into a perfect 6-0 CCC league record thus far.
“We ended up with the win and are happy to move on through league as a 6-0 team,” said Krupka. “We take no team in this league lightly and we work to improve our play daily.”
Turlock's Allie Malmberg shot the lowest round of the day with a 32 while teammate Elena Machado followed with a score of 34.
No. 4 Courtney Malmberg was third with a 35 and No. 2 Anoop Bains shot a 37.
Five of the top six players for Turlock scores were under 38. Of the top eight scores, seven were from Turlock.
“We always want to finish on a high note,” said Krupka.
They did, while the Pride focused on their progress as a new team building to find their identity and welcomed back Meredith Ball from an injury.
Ball was the team’s No. 5 and finished with a score of 54, fourth best for the Pride.
“We had Meredith come back today from injury, so it was nice to have her back,” said Shaw. “With our season halfway over, it will be nice to see how we compete against the rest of the league for the remainder of the year.”
The Bulldogs won the 2016 CCC Mid-Season Tournament from Rancho del Rey in Atwater on Thursday, backed by Elena Machado's top score of 92 and a team score of 496. Pitman's score was unrecorded after the competition.