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Turlock girls best Pitman on golf course
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Preeth Singh of Turlock High had the lowest round of the day after shooting 30 in Thursday's 8-1 win over Pitman. - photo by EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal

Turlock High girls’ golf team got the better end of the crosstown matchup when the Pitman Pride hosted the Bulldogs from St. Stanislaus Golf Course on Thursday afternoon in a Central California Conference battle.

Anchored by three of the lowest rounds of the day, the Bulldogs edged out the Pride 179-242.

“The girls I saw made good shots and they are coming along,” said Turlock head coach Mary Krupka. “Obviously they are rebuilding, but our girls shot the averages I told them even though it is mostly a par 3. It’s good to get out there and play Pitman since they know each other.”

“The girls’ scores are getting better,” said Pitman head coach Kris Shaw. “They are working hard and it is showing in their scores. Confidence builds with each solid contact.”

The best score for Pitman came from Isabelle Rodriguez (37). The next best for Pitman was Haileigh Faria, who shot a 50. Madison Beard and Collette Sommerville tied at 51. Tyler Brackett finished with a 53 and Hannah Fracisco shot a 62.

The Pride are now 0-6 in the CCC.

Turlock was coming off a first-place finish in Monday's Mid-Season CCC Tournament and carried over their consistency.

“We have over a two-point lead on everyone for sure after winning from the Merced Country Club on Monday,” said Krupka. “We have a good match coming up against El Cap at home so we need to get ready for that and we will have to adapt from one green to the other, but it’s all part of the game.”

On Thursday, Turlock anchored three of the top scores.

Preeth Singh shot a team low 30. Courtney Malmberg shot a 33 while No. 5 freshman Ainslie Coughran followed with a round of 35. Sierra Pangilinan shot a 39. Sarah Musselman (42) and Grace Skalinder (44) followed.

“Preeth, Courtney and Ainslie really did a great job leading the way and Ainslie is a freshman — really proud of that kid,” said Krupka. “Preeth just wanted to play well and set her average for all-league status.”

The Bulldogs are now 6-0 in the CCC as they head into the second half of league play.

Turlock will next host El Capitan at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Pitman will next travel to Rancho Del Rey to take on Atwater at 3 p.m. Tuesday.