Girls golf teams from Tracy and West high school tuned up for their upcoming league tournaments at the Bulldog Invitational at Tracy Golf and Country Club on Monday, Oct. 7.
Tracy finished fourth out of nine teams with a team score of 555. The Bulldogs’ San Joaquin Athletic Association rival Lincoln (481) won the event, Benecia (491) was the runner-up and Escalon (542) placed third. West (649) finished eighth.
Tracy High junior Kirsten Bas said her score of 97 on the par-72 course — sixth overall — was five strokes over her best score this year on 18 holes. But she was happy to get out of trouble when she missed her targets.
“I was surprised how my shots turned out,” she said. “I’m still proud I got under 100.”
Now, the Tracy team (6-3 SJAA) is focused on the SJAA championships on Monday, Oct. 14, at Swenson Park Golf Course in Stockton.
Tracy must finish ahead of Lincoln and Lodi at the SJAA tournament to move on as a team to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South tournament on Oct. 21 at Turlock Golf and Country Club. Even if Tracy doesn’t advance as a team, players can qualify for the division tournament as individuals.
Tracy junior Alee Balanon, who shot 108 on Monday, said playing 18 holes — twice the usual nine for a league match — showed golfers how well their skills would hold up in the long run.
“Playing our home course gives us an advantage, so we know what we need to work on,” Balanon said. “Right now, my drives and woods are showing improvement. I just need to work on chipping and easy putts.”
Also contributing to Tracy’s team score were senior Brooke Davis (110), sophomore Hunter Andrade (117) and freshman Gabby Burns (123).
West will play in the Tri-City Athletic League championship on Monday at Elkhorn Golf Course in Stockton. West sophomore Bobbi Loggins, who shot 111 on Monday, said the goal for the Wolf Pack (3-6 TCAL) is to send individual players to the division meet.
“I feel pretty good about it, but there’s a lot of room for improvement,” Loggins said.
Gabi Taylor, her teammate, wasn’t satisfied with her score of 146.
“I think it prepared me for next week, and I know what I need to practice for the league tournament,” Taylor said.
Rounding out West’s team score were senior Ashley Gonzales (103), sophomore Audrey Romo (140) and junior Samantha McCain (149).
The individual overall winner was Rachel Mahrt of Benicia (80). Lincoln High had three golfers in the top six.
The other teams in the tournament were Hilmar (fifth, 590), Franklin (sixth, 604), Riverbank (seventh, 627) and Stagg (ninth, 660).
Kimball 279, Manteca 283
The Jaguars took a step forward in the Valley Oak League with a win on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Manteca Park Golf Course. Leading the way for Kimball (8-4 VOL) was sophomore Patricia Fabila with a score of 51 on the par-36 course. Completing Kimball’s scorecard were senior Taylor Honnoll (55), sophomore Maya Crooms (56), junior Alyssa Lewis (58) and senior Savannah Dunniway (59).
Kimball also took a 257-275 loss against Sonora on Monday, Oct. 7, at Phoenix Lake Golf Course. Sophomore Maya Crooms carded the Jaguars’ best score, 51 on the par-35 course.
West 257, Edison 311
The West golfers added a 257-311 win over Edison High to their record on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Old River Golf Course. Gonzales led the Wolf Pack with a score of 41 on the par-36 course.
West’s previous match was a 278-333 loss to St. Mary’s on Oct. 3 at Stockton Golf and Country Club. Loggins led West with a 56 on the par-35 course.
Tracy 286, Chavez 363
The Bulldogs added another win to the San Joaquin Athletic Association record on Oct. 3 against Chavez at Swenson Park Golf Course in Stockton. Leading the way for Tracy was junior Kirsten Bas, shooting 52 on the par-36 course. Also scoring for Tracy were sophomore Hunter Andrade (56), juniors Alee Balanon (58) and Amanda Vasquez (60) and freshman Gabby Burns (60).
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