The top two girls golf teams in the PAC 8 League went head-to-head Tuesday afternoon at the Rancho Maria golf course.
The battle between three-time defending league champion Sarah Fouratt and San Luis Obispo’s top golfer Isabel Carpenter didn’t disappoint.
Battling winds gusting of up to 35 mph, Fouratt edged Carpenter by one stroke, earning medalist honors after shooting a 1-over par 36 over the front nine at Righetti’s home course.
“Sarah and Isabel are both good golfers,” said Righetti coach Brian Tomooka. “They both hit the ball straight. I’m impressed with the way they played today. They both shot good rounds in that brutal wind that we had out there today.”
But high school golf is a team sport. Each team brings six golfers with the top five scores counting toward the team’s total.
That battle went the other way, with SLO edging Righetti by one stroke 245-246.
“We’re even now with San Luis Obispo in the PAC 8 standings,” said Tomooka.
On a sunny and mild afternoon, the constant wind proved to be the biggest challenge.
“We’re not used to the wind,” Carpenter said midway through her round. “We never get wind like this at our home course (Dairy Creek).
“We’re used to playing in this type of wind,” Fouratt said after teeing off on the sixth hole. “I don’t think they have as much wind on their home course so I guess you could say it gives us a bit of a home course advantage.”
Claire Alford shot a 46 for the Warriors. She was followed by Dominique Garcia (51), Alyssa Escobido (57) and Claudia Smith (57).
For the Tigers, Violet Udlock (50), Ella Udlock (51), Emily Lemiere (52) and Jamie Fritzley (55) rounded out the team scores.
“I thought Sarah and Claire played well but we’re going to need to have more consistency,” said Tomooka. “It’s disappointing to lose on your home course but I think we’ll get better as the season goes on. It will take some work but hopefully we’ll be there at the end.”
Righetti’s next match is on SLO’s home course – Dairy Creek – in the weekly PAC 8 League mini tournament on Thursday.
The mini tournament was originally scheduled for Paso Robles’ home course – the Paso Robles Country Club – but has been moved to Dairy Creek because the Paso course in undergoing some work.
“Some of the courses are aerating their greens so we’ve moved things around so we can play on courses that are not going through that,” said Tomooka.
Righetti and SLO are the favorites to win this week’s mini.
“But Arroyo Grande and Atascadero have really good teams, too,” Tomooka said. “They’ve both got girls who have had some really goods rounds this season.”
Last week’s mini tournament was played at Rancho Maria. Righetti edged SLO 238-240 to win the team title with Fouratt and Carpenter sharing medalist honors after shooting identical rounds of 36.
Arroyo Grande came in third with a 246, followed by Atascadero (275), Paso Robles (284), St. Joseph (293) and Pioneer Valley (316).
“This was a tough loss today,” said Tomooka. “But the girls will bounce back and be ready for Thursday. I know they’ll keep doing the best that they can.”
Arroyo Grande 263, St. Joseph 301
The Knights (2-1) dropped their first dual match of their PAC 8 season to the Arroyo Grande Eagles at the Santa Maria Country Club, the Knights’ home course.
As with the Righetti/SLO match, the wind was the main obstacle the teams had to overcome in the nine-hole match.
The Eagles’ Karley Pinkerton worked her way around the front nine shooting a 47 to earn medalist honors.
Sara Cossa shot a 54 to lead the Knights.
Alexis Mitchell and Jacquelyn both shot a 60 to tie for second among the Knights. They were followed by Courtney Cowger (61) and McKenzie Taylor (66).
Rounding out the A.G. scoring were Ava Mankins (50), Katie Cameron (53), Claire Marshall (56) and Madi Iversen (57).
Both teams will be on hand for Thursday’s PAC 8 mini tournament at Dairy Creek.
Paso Robles 276, Pioneer Valley 313
Medalist Hailie Smith shot a 49 and led the Bearcats to a win over the Panthers (0-4, 0-2) in a PAC 8 League match at the Paso Robles Golf Club.
Coryn Nodal led Pioneer Valley with a 55. Sophia Garcia (63), Julia Vargas (64), Aaliyah Peinado (64) and Mitzy Zacarias (67) followed for the Panthers.
Morro Bay 283, Santa Maria 334
The Pirates beat the Saints in a Los Padres League match at the Santa Maria Country Club.
Medalist Lauren Augusta led the Pirates to the win with a 53. Marlen Reyes and Briana Nunez led Santa Maria. Both of them shot a 63.
Anahy Torres (66), Maritza Reyes (70) and Carmen Salinas (72) followed for the Saints. Salinas scored her first-ever par on the par three third hole.
Clovis 5, Hancock 2
CLOVIS — Clovis Junior College broke Hancock College’s (5-2-1) string of four straight 2-1 victories.
Clovis led 2-0 at the half and 4-0 in the second half before Hancock finally broke through for a goal.
Hancock’s Andres Montano got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard in the 64th minute off an Alex Herrera assist.
But one minute later, Clovis scored again to go up 5-1.
Hancock’s Migel Gomez closed out the scoring in the 80th minute off a Nathan Perez assist.
Antony Herrera had three saves in goal for Hancock.
“The positive thing is – we didn’t quit,” said Hancock coach Billy Vinnedge during a telephone interview after the game. “It was one of those days. It happens. It was a reality check but we’ll go back to Santa Maria, put in the work and get ready to go on Friday at Chabot. They’re in Hayward – that’s a long ride.”
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Righetti 14, San Luis Obispo 9
The Warriors moved to 3-0 in the PAC 8 League and 7-3 overall with a win over San Luis Obispo.
Righetti led 5-2 after the first quarter and 8-4 at halftime. The second was pretty even, with Righetti outscoring SLO 6-5.
Ryan Trenev led the Warriors with five goals. Noah Wasylychyn had three goals.
Righetti goalie Daxton Miller had nine saves and five steals for the Warriors.
Layne Porter added a pair of goals for Righetti.
“Both teams played hard, good speed up and down the pool,” Righetti coach Kyle Shaffer said in an email to the Times. “I thought they took advantage of our mistakes (bad passes/ missed shots) to stay in the game throughout. It was a solid matchup.”
Porter also had two assists for the Warriors, as did Cy Cabanas. Wasylychyn led Righetti with three assists.
Arroyo Grande 17, St. Joseph 3
The Eagles moved to 5-4 overall and 1-1 in PAC 8 play.
Shane Hoover led Arroyo Grande with four goals. Scott Adams and Nathan Solis each scored twice and Jared Martin and Mason Ybarra each had three saves.