Porterville tops Monache 297-324

With a squad full of returners, Porterville High School girls golf has all but cruised through the first round of East Yosemite League play.

Porterville finished the first half of league in second with a 4-1 league record after defeating rival Monache 297-324 in their final nine-hole match of the season Thursday at River Island Country Club. The Panthers trail only first-place Mission Oak while the Marauders (3-2 EYL) are in third.

“I think that's why are team is pretty strong this year,” PHS head coach David Herrera said about having multiple returners. “We're winning most of our matches just because the girls have been in the program. Golf is just something that takes time to pick up and learn.”

Against Monache, Porterville's No. 1 Angela Eugene was the low medalist with a score of 54. Teammate, No. 3 Gemma Gasco, had the second lowest score of the match with a 59. Also for the Panthers No. 2 Aunika Marquez and No. 5 Catherine Entenman shot a 60, No. 4 Uniese Carrillo a 65 and No. 6 Jasmine Garay a 64.

“All of the girls played a solid round of golf today,” Herrera said. "We shot under 300 and more girls are carding pars during the round which shows the constant improvement throughout the season. We have been playing well and are excited to carry this momentum into the mini tournaments.”

For the Marauders, No. 1 Adriana Castro shot a 60, No. 2 Kere Martinez a 62, No. 3 Alondra Garcia a 63, No. 4 Paola Lopez a 66, No. 5 Leslie Lopez a 75 and No. 6 Lily Cisneros a 73.

“Not too well,” MHS head coach Jake Winter said. “We had a rough day. No excuses, just how golf goes. Last week we had five girls get their best score ever and today they were on the average to high end.”

Regardless of the outcome, Winter said he was proud of his golfers — many of whom are new to the sport — and how far they've come.

“I’m very proud of how hard these girls have worked to learn the game and perform as well as they do,” Winter said. “With only two years of golf experience and 10 first year golfers I’m impressed they finished in third place at the end of the dual matches. We have three 18-hole matches to play in the coming weeks. I’m excited to see how the girls do. We are going to try to catch Porterville but Coach Herrera has had his girls playing very consistent all season so we will have to catch them they won’t make it easy for us.”

The Panthers are down over 50 strokes from their previous team scores at the beginning of the season and have a shot at an appearance in the Central Section playoffs.

“What I like about this team is it's just a real solid team with a lot of depth,” Herrera said. “We don't have a huge gap between our No. 1 and our No. 6, 7 or even 8. I mean everyone can play and score well. Which is nice. I know that Angela, Anuika, if they play their best, they have a chance to move on to Area as an individual. As a team, we have a chance to shoot and qualify as a team as Div. III.”

The league's first 18-hole match begins the second round of EYL play Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Tulare Golf Course.

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