Lincoln’s young golf team battles for second spot in PVL race

Placer remains undefeated
By: Jim Linsdau/News Messenger Sports Editor
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The visiting Placer girls golf team maintained its lead in the Pioneer Valley League by defeating Lincoln 243-285 last week. However, the young Fighting Zebras program is beginning to make excellent progress. Paced by senior Hillmen Hannah Gregg and Madi Holm, the visitors continued to look strong. However, Lincoln sophomore Kaitlyn McKinney carded a solid 48 and junior Abi Faingold a 49 to claim the third a fourth spots in the nine-hole match. That evened the Zebras’ league record to 3-3 with two more matches to go. Center visited Turkey Creek Tuesday and the girls in blue were scheduled to take on Bear River at Lake of the Pines Thursday for their final match of the season. McKinney and Faingold have been trading off and on for the No. 1 spot on the Zebras’ team. The two have been consistent enough for both to make All League. “Both players are having strong seasons and hope to be named All League at the end of the season,” said Lincoln head coach Tim Allen, “an honor that only the top eight golfers in league attain.” Coach Allen is feeling good about the girls golf program since his seven best players are underclassmen with at least another year to go. Lincoln 284, Bear River 287 _ Against perhaps their closest competitors, the Zebras took the visiting Bruins by three strokes Tuesday at Turkey Creek; the same number of strokes Bear River won by in an earlier match at Lake of the Pines. Faingold and McKinney both carded 47s to tie for medalist honors on the day. Junior Nicolette Lipman showed solid improvement by carding a 59. Lincoln 290, Center 317 _ Faingold worked her way around nine holes at Cherry Island Golf Course to shoot a 48 and take medalist honors against Center last week. It was her first medalist victory and helped propel the Zebras over the Cougars by 27 strokes. McKinney claimed second place with a 51 as Lincoln maintained its .500 season. The final PVL tournament is at Diamond Oaks in Roseville Oct. 15. It is a full 18-hole event. The Divisional are Oct. 22 at a site to be announced.