Led by Ashlyn Wiswall shooting a 45 on the Mission Club greens, Cabrillo girls golf started its 2017-18 fall sports campaign with a 277-341 win over St. Joseph on Thursday.
Wiswall was the medalist in the contest, as she was the lone Conquistador to shoot below the 50 mark. Wiswall and the Conqs not only had to go through the always steep hills of the Village country club, but also had to shoot over ponds and in between eucalyptus trees – common sites on the private course.
Outside of Wiswall, Alexa McCune finished with a 53 score. CHS basketball star Brittney McCune shot a 59. Brittney McCune usually practices her jump shot and free throws when she’s not swinging the clubs. But before the start of the 17-18 golf season the returning senior had been practicing her short game on the golf course: Putting.
She’s starting to see the results come into fruition on the greens.
“I think I did better than last time – which is nice. My putting was a lot better today, which I was happy with,” McCune said.
She’s also fine-tuning her long distance game, saying “I’m trying to work the long game better by learning my distance better.”
Her biggest approach with improving her putting ability is showing a cerebral edge before taking her swing.
“You definitely need to aim well and read the green well. Because if it (the ball) is going to curve, you need to know that it will be way off,” McCune said. “I just hope to improve my score continuously. I want to shoot in the low 40s. My best last year was a 45.”
While Wiswall and the McCunes were three of the Conqs’ top scorers, Thea Regan shot a 59 and Kiley Moldt finished with 61.
On St. Joseph’s side, Jaquelyn Mengel shot a 63 while Emma Cosma finished with her score of 66. Outside of them, a trio of Knights reached the 70-point threshold: Courtney Cowger (70), Alexis Mitchell (71) and McKenzie Taylor (71).
Knights head coach Jim Fosdick says his team showed positive energy in their first contest of the fall season.
“It was a good experience,” Fosdick said. “There will be improvement. There are things to come (for us). They had a lot of enthusiasm today.”
Dos Pueblos 257, Righetti 276
There were co-medalists at the Glen Annie Golf Course in Goleta on Thursday: Sara Fouratt of Righetti and Julia Forster of Dos Pueblos – both shooting a 44.
But in the end, the Charger golfers escaped with the narrow home win over the Warriors.
Outside of Fouratt, Claire Alford shot a 53 while Claudia Smith stayed inside the 50s range with her 55 score. Dominique Garcia and Cambria Flaa both finished with shooting a 62 for RHS.
Forster was one of three Chargers reaching below 50 for the day. Gabbie Minier shot a 45 and Hannah Cho shot a 49.
Santa Ynez 287, San Marcos 287
Golf matches rarely end in a tie, but this one did.
The teams finished the par 37 front nine at Santa Barbara Golf Club with matching 287's. It went to the non-scoring sixth golfer for each team for the potential tiebreaker. Madison Johnson of Santa Ynez and Nina Huffman of San Marcos both shot a 68, so the non-league match ended in a draw.
Bella Wygant of San Marcos was the medalist. She shot a 50.
Gracie Church led Santa Ynez (0-1-1) with a 54. Teammates following were Erinn Callaghan (57), Hannah Gechter (57), Olivia Cortopassi (58), Morgan Blunt (61) and Johnson.
Atascadero 273, Lompoc 283
Medalist Katie Burson shot a 38 over nine holes at Chalk Mountain Golf Course in Atascadero, leading the Greyhounds to a non-league win over the Braves on a hot afternoon.
Kendal Martin led the Braves with a 45. Teammates following were Sage Christiansen (54), Hannah Larsh (60), Marina Zellers (60) and Eva Barajas (64).