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Turlock golf wins Merced Tournament; Pitman takes 11th
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The Turlock High varsity girls golf team stands together after winning the 2016 Merced High Golf Tournament last Monday. - photo by Photo Contributed

Turlock girls’ golf just keeps on winning.

The Bulldogs won the Merced High Golf Tournament on Monday after finishing first amongst 12 teams from the Merced Golf and Country Club, while Pitman was second to last.

Turlock continued their strong performance from Merced with another victory over Atwater on Tuesday at the Turlock Golf Country Club to capture the team’s second straight league victory.

“I knew where Atwater was sitting after watching them in the Merced tourney, so I felt we had a good sitting and felt comfortable with the golfers we had out there,” said Turlock head coach Mary Krupka. “Winning that tournament was big and we also got to see a lot of good competition.”

There were over three conferences competing in the tournament, with schools ranging from Merced and Stanislaus countys.

The Bulldogs team total of 294 from the Merced tournament was good enough to earn them the best score of the day.

Together, Allie and Courtney Malmberg combined for a score of 93.

“It was a good team challenge,” said Krupka of the Merced tournament victory. “We got a lot going on but it’s a fun tournament and we got to see how other teams in league are doing since we play that course during the year.”

Pitman finished in 11th place with a team score of 381. Collette Sommerville and Lindsey Schammel tied Paige Day and Giselle Flores with a 124 for the lowest Pride score.

Turlock's ace, Elena Machado shot a 103. Sarah Musselman and Brooke Adams shot a 98.

“The gals are playing well, though the scores are a little high,” said Krupka. “They have been taking lessons and working on their swings and the scoring disappears for a few days as they work out the swing kinks.”

On Tuesday, Allie Malmberg had the lowest score of the day with a 49. Allie's sister, Courtney Malmberg  followed with a 50.

Machado finished with a 53. As a team, Turlock shot a 262 and Atwater finished with a 316. All five of the top scores for the Bulldogs were better than Atwater’s top score of the match.

“We know what we need to do and we basically have the same plan as we do every other year,” said Krupka. “We are pretty consistent and boring when it comes to our ‘game plan’ and that is a good — no — a great thing.

“The team is interchangeable and they are working on their swings and I appreciate the battle they have been giving me,” Krupka added.