The Turlock and Pitman high school girls golf teams were bested by Enochs High School during a nine-hole match at the Turlock Golf and Country Club on Wednesday, in what was the penultimate competition of the pandemic-shortened season.
Enochs came out on top following play on Wednesday with a final score of 236, with the Bulldogs trailing close behind thanks to a team score of 241. The Pride finished in third place with a team score of 261.
Senior Ainslie Coughran led Turlock to within five strokes of Enochs, shooting a 40 on the day. Fellow senior Bulldog Lacey Hibdon finished with a score of 48, while freshman Sydney Streeter kept pace with her two older counterparts with a 45.
“The rest of the gals did their jobs and helped the team move forward with their rebuilding plan,” Turlock head coach Mary Krupka said.
Turlock traveled to Modesto last week to play against Enochs and Downey and took second, finishing 31 strokes behind Enochs. Krupka said she was impressed at the team’s adjustment this week, which led to a close match between the two schools on Wednesday.
“This is a big improvement from the week before and just what I was looking for from the team,” she said. “I was stoked to see the gals dial their games and scoring in.”
Last week’s match between Pitman, Gregori High and Modesto High saw the latter forfeit due to a lack of players. After ultimately falling to Gregori, Pitman head coach George Santos was excited to see his No. 3 golfer Simone Samra lead the team this week with a score of 43.
Santos’ other top golfers, Isabelle Rodrigues and Monet Sayadian, shot a 48 and 49, respectively.
As the last home match for both schools, the seniors were celebrated along with the scores.
“Getting to do stuff like that this year is more important than box scores,” Santos said.
Next week was originally supposed to see Pitman and Turlock travel to Dryden Park Golf Course for a match against Downey, but the other three schools will now be joining the competition as well for a final 18-hole tournament with the entire Central California Athletic League.