CAMERON PARK — Union Mine High girls golf head coach Chad McGowan is looking forward to the upcoming season.
Seven of the 10 players on this year’s roster return from last fall’s team that won its fifth straight Sierra Valley Conference title. This includes six starters. The Diamondbacks also qualified for the Sac-Josquin Section’s Divisional meet.
Highlighting the returnees are seniors Marilyn Dunne, Megan Sturgeon and Trisha Tolbert, all of whom were recorded scores in the 40s and 50s last year.
“They’ve all been there, they’ve done it,” said McGowan of the trio. “They know what to expect. They are good leaders.”
Juniors returning are Kinsey Del Rio, Larrisa Garcia and Madie Wiltshire. Newcomers are junior Yvonne Taylor, sophomore Andie Marquez and freshman Jayklynn Burns.
“She has a lot of talent and works hard, great attitude,” said McGowan of Burns.
Del Rio, Dunne, Sturgeon and Tolbert were named all-Sierra Valley Conference team last year. At the conference finals, Sturgeon carded an 87, Dunne 93 and Del Rio and Tolbert scored 100 each.
Vista del Lago is in its last season in the conference; the Eagles move to Division III in the Capital Athletic League next fall. The Eagles were second behind the D’backs last fall. Cosumnes Oaks has plenty of talent returning to the links.
“Vista del Lago is very talented,” McGowan said. “It’s going to be tough to win another title this year. But the girls are really determined; they have great attitudes. They work hard every day and they have fun out there.”
Conference and intra-county rival El Dorado should be competitive this season, McGowan added.
“Their coach (Karen Weinhold) does such a great job with the girls,” said McGowan of El Dorado. “She’s going to get the most out of them.”
Union Mine will scrimmage Oak Ridge Thursday, Aug. 29. The D’backs will open conference play against Vista Thursday, Sept. 5. The scrimmage and match will be played at Cameron Park Country Club.
Bruins head coach Steve King has nine players on this year’s team.
Sabrina Piatt is the only senior returning. Rounding out the Lady Bruin linkers are juniors Claire Hughes and Julia Martin, sophomores Brooke Balbi and Ally DeGunther and freshmen Gianna Barber, Jasmine Monas and Kaylee Wilson.
“I’m really excited about this team,” King said. “(Piatt) is looking good. It’s a real good group of girls.They have good work ethics. Each one of these girls have different strengths.
Piatt had an average score of 46 in Delta River League matches last fall. The senior also competed in the section D-I North Girls Golf Tournament, carding a 98.
Last year, Ponderosa was fourth in the Delta River League. King hopes his team will eclipse that mark in the Bruins’ final year in the league. Next year, Ponderosa returns to D-II, to the Capital Valley Conference.
Ponderosa will play at Rocklin in a non-league match Monday. The Bruins’ first league match will be against St. Francis Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Cameron Park Country Club, where Ponderosa plays all of its home matches.
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