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Turlock girls golf takes second at CIF Masters Tournament
Savannah Van Gaalen
Freshman Savannah Van Gaalen (pictured here earlier in the season) led the way for the Bulldogs in the CIF Masters tournament with a score of 81 (Photo contributed).

Turlock High girls golf endured the rain on Monday and gave a valiant effort in the CIF Masters Tournament taking second place.

The tournament was held at The Reserve at Spanos in Stockton. The rain was hard and heavy throughout the day with some parts of the course being flooded. The club’s crew were able to get the course to playable conditions and the game started only 30 minutes later than scheduled.

“As the gals pitted and warmed up in the rain, we could see sunlight down the road. In what seemed like a blink of an eye, we went from rain to sun with little wind. It was an awesome change of weather and the players were able to take their rain gear off and swing freely,” said head coach Mary Krupka.

Taking first place in the tournament was Enochs, who the Bulldogs were able to best in the CCAL tournament to take first place in the league. It was close between the two top finishers all day, and Turlock only fell by three strokes.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Savannah Van Gaalen with a score of 81. Sydney Streeter and Isabella Dowd were not too far behind with scores of 84 and 85. Senior Madi Mendes and Junior Natalie Lightfoot also recorded solid scores.

Van Gaalen received a medal for being one of the top golfers in the tournament. The rest of the team received a plaque and CIF patches for their letterman jackets.

“Not having CIF last season, my four youngest gals had no idea of the significance of this tournament. I told them the odds are they will end up feeling disappointed and will see teams and players celebrating and want the same success. And we ended up having some great success at this tournament,” said Krupka. “We left some scraps on the plate and I hope that we are a little cleaner next year and bring the first place banner back with us.”