Lincoln unable to catch Placer, but sends three to playoffs

Yoo, Koehler and McKinney move on
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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It was where the Lincoln High golf team was hoping to score a victory over the Pioneer Valley League’s top team, but Placer proved too strong, even at Turkey Creek Golf Club. The Fighting Zebras came into their final match with only one loss in PVL play, and that was to Placer at Auburn Valley Country Club in September. Turkey Creek is a unique layout where the Lincoln players felt they had their best chance of upsetting the Hillmen; it wasn’t to be. Lincoln’s Allyson Koehler came in with a solid 48, and Jisu Yoo was just one stroke behind. But Placer’s Madi Holm and Hannah Gregg shot a 43 and 45, respectively to lead the Hillmen to victory. “I got a 48, but I played a lot better than I thought,” said Koehler after her round. “Usually my strong point is driving, but today driving just wasn’t on for me.” Lincoln head coach Tim Allen said Yoo has been the model of consistency for the Zebras this year. Although her round of 49 wasn’t what she was hoping for, Placer’s depth would still have been difficult to overcome. The Hillmens’ Hannah Gregg (league MVP) shot six strokes over a 9-hole average, but her playing partner Madi Holm was the day’s medalist. Lincoln’s other team players were senior Kirstie MacQueen (55), sophomore Abbie Faingold (52), and freshman Kaitlin McKinney (59). “Today just wasn’t my day,” said Yoo, who was hoping the Zebras would force Placer into a playoff for the PVL title. “I’m happy,” Yoo added as to her outlook for the playoffs. “I definitely have to practice more, but I feel confident.” With its second loss to the Hillmen, Lincoln finished 4-2 in league. As individuals, Yoo tied for second, Koehler was fifth, and McKinney eighth. That qualified the three of them to move on to the divisional tournament at Roseville’s Sierra View Country Club, Monday. Because the PVL fields only two teams, the Zebras team did not qualify for the playoffs. Placer completed the regular season 6-0 going into the divisional tournament undefeated. Gregg, a junior, will be leading the club. “I think we’re going to do really well. This year has been a good year for us” said Gregg following her round at Turkey Creek. “We’re feeling pretty good about it. We’re pretty deep as a team and we’ve got a lot of good players, and we’re pretty consistent.”