Zebras’ golf team improved, but the PVL is tough

Two losses by three-stroke total
By: Aaron Jackson for The News Messenger
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The Lincoln High School girls golf team is 1-3 on their season so far. Even though the team has a losing record, they are shooting scores much lower than last season and have lost two of their matches by a combined total of three strokes.

The Zebras lost by only one stroke to Bear River Sept. 13 at home playing Lincoln Hills Golf Club. The following Thursday they played Colfax at The Ridge barely losing as well by a score of 255-257.

The top five players on the team are as follows: senior Kelsey Blaylock, freshman Tuesday Epperson, senior Hope Snead, junior Bryna Hamasaki and senior Katie Sterling.

Fighting Zebras’ co-head coach Eric Souto said this year’s team is much improved over last year’s, but added that the competition in the Pioneer Valley League is much improved as well.

“We are 20-30 strokes better than last season; we are improving every match. It’s going to be a tight battle to get a top two playoff spot as a team,” Souto said. “To get the playoff spot, the team is going to have to improve on their short game. They are all hitting the ball straight but we have to turn three and four putts into two putts.”

Blaylock is the No. 1 golfer for the Zebras. She shot a 38 against the Bear River Bruins Sept. 13 and a 40 against the Colfax Falcons the following Thursday.

Although Blaylock has the game deserving of her position as No. 1, she still feels she has room for improvement.

“I feel like I have played pretty well,” the senior said. “I have been working a lot on my mental game and hope to improve on that aspect.”

The Zebras play the Placer Hillmen at home Thursday and then have an 18-hole PVL tournament at Bartley Cavanaugh on Monday.

Zebras’ fans are hoping the team can turn these close losses into wins and improve their ranking in league.

_ Aaron Jackson is the Lincoln High Sports Information Director.