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Turlock bests Pitman on golf links
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Taylor Beckwith chips the ball onto the green for the Pitman Pride during their match against Turlock High on Tuesday. - photo by JON TERRY/The Journal

The Turlock Bulldogs beat out the Pitman Pride, 214-249, during the first girls golf rivalry match of the season on Tuesday  at the Turlock Golf & Country Club.

Sarah Garcia led the Bulldogs, scoring one under par with 36 strokes and two birdies. The leading scorer for the Pride was Taylor Beckwith with 40 strokes.

Pitman head coach Kris Shaw said the game was mostly practice for both the Pride and the Bulldogs as they prepare for the Central California Conference mid-season tournament on Thursday in Merced.

“We’re finishing out the first half of our season,” Shaw said. “We’re just fine-tuning their game right now.”

Turlock head coach Mary Krupka noted that looking at the scores, Turlock played very steady.

“All the players did a great job,” Krupka said.

Other top scorers were Bergen Benedict with 43,  and Michaela deBos, 45, for the Bulldogs, and Jasmine Ryan (45) and Beth Sommerville (49) for the Pride.

Krupka stressed that the two teams were hardly the rivalry the town would suspect, stating that most the girls grew up playing golf together.

“Both of our teams we hope to be at CIF,” Krupka said. “We have good players on both teams, so we’re both trying to get our teams in there. [The rivalry] isn’t like football with all the crazy fans.”

“Once they start taking swings at each other, then you've got a rivalry going,” Shaw playfully added.