Tracy High’s team opened its season with a win and a loss this week.
The Bulldogs beat West High on Tuesday at Old River Golf Course. Tracy tallied a team score of 250, while West forfeited for not having a full five-player team.
Kirsten Bas led Tracy with a 46 on the par-36 course while Annie Fox and Shelby Devlin both scored 47, Rachel Haro scored 51 and Amanda Vasquez and Alee Balanon both penciled a 57.
Granada High of Livermore beat Tracy 228-241 in the Bulldogs’ first match of the season at Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore. While it was a team loss for Tracy, it was a strong start for senior Jennifer Kim, who shot 34 on the par-36 course. Tracy’s other scores were: Devlin 46, Fox 48, Bas 56, Balanon 57, Haro 63.
Kim is one of three seniors back from last year, including Devlin and Fox, who played at the 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championships. Kim went on to represent Tracy at the SJS Masters tournament.
Tracy has 12 total golfers and the team hopes to improve on its record from last year, when they finished third in the San Joaquin Athletic Association behind Lodi and Lincoln. SJAA champion Lodi also won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title.
“We should be pretty strong,” Devlin said. “I think the returning players that we have were our strong point last year so we should be good this year. Our new players look pretty good.”
The Jaguars have started their season off with a 282-293 win over Valley Oak League rival Oakdale on Tuesday at Oakdale Country Club. Coach James Tiffany said that it’s an encouraging start for his team, which went 2-10 in the VOL last year.
Scores from Tuesday included junior Taylor Honnoll’s 47 and senior Lydia Nolen’s 48. Other scores included Maya Crooms’ 61, Lilly Craig’s 64, Savannah Dunniway’s 62 and Angela Peyton’s 80.
“It is considered the hardest course in our league, and to have two girls shoot in the 40s was fantastic,” Tiffany said. “All the girls are striking the ball well and just need to have a bit more confidence in their ability and we will see more
consistent scores in the 50s and 40s.”
Most of the players on the Kimball team are back from last year. Nolen was the Jaguars’ leading golfer last year and went on to represent the VOL at the 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament. Honnoll and juniors Craig and Dunniway also are back from last year, and new players include junior Angela Payton and freshman Maya Crooms. In all the team has 12 members.
Kimball’s competition in the VOL includes returning league champion East Union, which was also the SJS Division IV champion.
The Wolf Pack again put up a bare-bones team. As of the start of the season the West team had five golfers, the minimum needed to record a score as most teams enter six in a head-to-head match, with one throw-away score.
Returning golfers include junior Ashley Gonzales, who got as far as the SJS Division I tournament last year, and sophomore Samantha McCain. The team also includes freshmen Ashley Aguilera and Bobbie Loggins and senior Vanessa Nunez.
“I had five last year and we did OK,” coach Gary Moore said. “It’s just hard to get girls out.”
West was fourth place in the Tri-City Athletic League last year, with St. Mary’s in first, Tokay in second and Stagg third. St. Mary’s also was third place in Division I.
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