After some scheduling changes, Turlock and Pitman High finally met at the Turlock Country Club for their first Central California Conference matchup. Wednesday’s winds proved to be a daunting obstacle as the Bulldogs (6-0 CCC) and Pride (4-2 CCC) chipped away at the course hole by hole.
By the end of the day, golfers from both schools were left frustrated as the less than ideal weather conditions resulted in subpar performances. Despite the challenging conditions, Turlock managed to walk away with a 238-251 win, remaining undefeated and number one in the CCC.
“Turlock obviously did not do as well and we did not take advantage of it,” Pitman’s head coach Matt Jeans said. “It was our opportunity to beat them.”
Golfers who normally shoot in the mid 30s and low 40s found themselves in the high 40s and low 50s at the match’s conclusion. There were still those who finished on a somewhat good note, however. Pitman’s Andrew Grisham finished with a 45, a decent outing considering the wind and his lack of familiarity with the course, and Turlock’s Teo Chiesa finished the day with a 43.
Turlock is expected to maintain its position atop the CCC standings. Pitman currently sits in third place, a game behind second place Golden Valley High. As the season progresses Pitman hopes to nab the number two spot from Golden Valley and fend off a testy Merced High team.
Pitman and Turlock will both compete in the Pitman Invitational Tournament on the April 16.