Zebras make the rounds in girls golf

By: Ceci Conley, Sports Editor
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Tim Allen does not have much to say when his Lincoln High School girls golf team plays a match. Rules prohibit the coach from offering advice to his players or even suggesting a club selection. All he can do is motor around the course in a cart and keep an eye on his players without speaking. Allen will often bring along his clubs and gets in a few swings as his six girls are playing. “It’s too stressful to sit there and not say anything,” Allen said. “I usually go out there and play.” Practices are the only time in which Allen can teach golf fundamentals to the nine girls on his team. They need every bit of advice he can offer because many have not played golf for very long. “Girls don’t grow up playing golf. They play team sports like softball,” Allen said. “It’s hard to get girls to come out for golf, and it’s very rare for me to get a girl who has played golf that much.” A few never touched a club until joining the team, so Allen has to start from scratch. “Getting them to hit the ball is one thing,” he said. “Getting them to hit it well is a great challenge.” Whatever he is teaching is working for the Zebras. Take Abbie Fangold’s development, for example. Fangold has cracked Allen’s lineup for matches by steadily lowering her scores in nine-hole rounds. “She’s already breaking 60,” Allen said of Fangold, who is five members of the team who can do so. The other four are senior Shanley Davis and junior Allison Koehler, Jisu Yoo and Kristie MacQueen. Yoo and Koehler are Lincoln’s top tandem. Davis is No. 3, MacQueen No. 4 and Fangold No. 5. Fangold is one of three freshmen to join the team this season. That bodes well for the future. “We have one of the deepest teams in the league,” said Allen, whose squad is 2-0 in the Pioneer Valley League. Lincoln and Placer are both unbeaten after two league matches. The teams meet today at the Ridge in Auburn. The match was originally scheduled at Turkey Creek, but the course is being aerated. The Lincoln-Placer rematch will be at Turkey Creek on Oct. 14. That will be a homecoming of sorts for the Zebras after traveling to face Center and Bear River on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, respectively.