The Turlock High girls’ golf team is only one match away from winning their 11th consecutive Central California Conference title, after beating Pitman on Thursday in the regular season finale at Stevinson Ranch by a score of 230-272.
Pitman ends the year with a 6-4 record as a team. Turlock is a perfect 10-0 heading into Monday's CCC tournament, which will be in Merced.
“When I look at the scores, we did ok,” said Turlock head coach Mary Krupka. “The score is 10 to 15 higher than we should be, missing putts and just little issues with each player. We need to clean things up and each can take 3 to 4 strokes and if we do that we will be where we want to be.”
“The girls all met their goals. As a team we wanted to be fighting for a spot in divisions as a team and we are,” Pitman head coach Kris Shaw said.
The top score of the day came from Pitman's Taylor Beckwith after she ended her day with a 39. The second best score for the Pride was Jasmine Ryan with a 50.
Beckwith, last year's CCC most valuable player, is looking to be a runner up again for the accolade after another impressive season.
Turlock played consistent, as usual, however, the scores were seemingly a bit higher than normal.
“We are playing better but we were a little flat and it’s ok, this is the time to do that. I hope we play better in Merced on Monday,” Krupka said. “Hopefully we have good practices next week before divisionals, to be ready.”
Turlock's top scorer would be Bergen Benedict with a 43, and freshman Preethi Singh, was tied for second with Sarah Garcia as both shot a 46. The Bulldogs would not have anybody score higher than a 48.
The next match for both Pitman and Turlock will be the CCC Championship at Merced at 9 p.m. Monday.
“Thinking you can and making it happen are two totally different things and girls understand that,” Krupka said. “We have beaten everybody and we feel like we can do it again. If we fell off the face of the earth we will take second but that’s if we don’t show up, but we need to go out and play.”
“Right now we are not scoring like the girls should but they have some great shots and I said in the past that we have postseason goals and we want to win divisionals which will be a big thing for the girls, it’s a good goal.”
“We have to beat Merced to go on to the divisionals as a team, so the girls are going to give it their best shot,” Shaw added.