Fresh off their 14th straight league title, the Turlock High varsity girls golf team continued to follow through with a second-place finish in the Division-I South Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament on Monday from Rancho Del Rey Golf Club.
Turlock’s runner-up result concluded with a final team score of 469. St. Mary's took first with 463. Lincoln of Stockton took third with a 472.
“We placed fairly well today. Missing first place by six strokes hurts a little bit, but we are proud of our accomplishment,” said Turlock head coach Mary Krupka. “Sometimes we play better when not pressing. The gals are tired. The last week has been very busy with golf matches and tournaments, homework, and quarterfinals along with school activities.”
Despite a long week prior to the tournament, the Bulldogs managed to showcase their ability and secure their spot as one of the best in the Section.
Turlock was anchored by senior Preeth Singh, who scored a team low 87. Brooke Adams followed up with a score of 88.
“All in all, I am really proud of the team. I just want them to get all they can out to their commitment. Today, St. Mary's was better,” said Krupka.
Courtney Malmberg of Turlock shot a 90, while Sarah Musselman finished with a 107. Freshman Ainslie Coughran shot a 97.
“Today was a day where we kind of had home course advantage and wasn't able to use it to the ultimate win,” said Krupka. “We talk about doing what is best for the team and controlling emotions, and that proved difficult at times.”
The second place finished earned the Bulldogs an automatic team qualification to the Masters Tournament next Monday.
“Heading into the Masters, we are just going to go there and play our best. Kind of keeping the pressure and expectations to 'play some good golf and have some fun. Golf can really bring out the worst in a person. I can appreciate the gals battling the game and their emotions because golf is hard and demoralizing.”
The Master's will take place from the Reserve at Spanos at 9 a.m. Monday.