Zebras take on Placer in final dual

Epperson league MVP
By: Aaron Jackson for The News Messenger
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The Lincoln High girls golf team played their final dual against the Placer Hillmen at Turkey Creek Golf Club Thursday. Going into the match-up Lincoln was 2-5 on the season and looking to play strong before their final 18-hole Pioneer Valley League tournament.

The Fighting Zebras top five golfers are: Tuesday Epperson, Kaylee Hahn, Chelsea Wilson, Skyler Raper, and Lindsey Ridgway.

Monday, Epperson fired an even-par 72 during the PVL tournament held at Diamond Oaks Golf Course in Roseville to capture the league’s MVP honors. It was also reported that Hahn shot 79, breaking 80 for the first time over 18 holes.

Last season, Epperson placed fifth in league as a freshman. Heading into the match against Placer, she had risen to No. 1 in the PVL.

“I need to just control my emotions and keep myself upbeat; put bad shots behind me and be prepared for the next one,” Epperson said before the match. “This season I have been a lot better at course management. I have learned to make better choices for different shots and how to have more control over what I do.”

The head coaches for the Zebras are David Foxworthy and Eric Souto.

Before the Hillmen dual, Coach Foxworthy said “I hope Tuesday continues to play well to continue her race for league MVP.

“For the rest of the girls, I simply would like to see improvement out of them. Most are young and if they continue to improve we are going to see great teams in the years to come.”

Three of the top five golfers for Lincoln are freshmen.

Coach Souto said the team was showing marked improvement, as well as individual players.

“(Oct. 4), we shot a 238, beating our previous best by 18 strokes,” Souto said. “I also hope to see Tuesday put herself in a good position heading into Monday.”

The sophomore did not disappoint.

Against Placer, Epperson and Hahn led the way in the first group and played well. Epperson shot a four-over par 40 and Hahn shot a 47. The Zebras carded 258 as a team, but fell short of the Hillmen’s 231.

Natalie Pietromonaco led the way for Placer shooting a two-over par 38 and Birdie Brown came right behind tying Epperson with a 40.

_ Aaron Jackson is the sports information director for Lincoln High School.