Bear River, Colfax girls link teams advance to Divisional

By: Mike Ray
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ROSEVILLE– Saying that it was a record-shattering golf season for the Bear River girls team wouldn’t be far from the truth.

And, it’s not over yet.

Monday at the Pioneer Valley League-closing golf tournament played at Diamond Oaks in Roseville, the Bruins shot a school record score for 18 holes of 379 to lay claim to their first PVL championship since 2015.

For the Bruins, the performance followed up an earlier school-mark effort that the squad set for nine holes during a match against Marysville when the team fired a 197 at Lake of the Pines.

“The girls did a great job,” said Bear River coach Gayne Nakano, who his now in his 20th season at the helm of the Bruins’ program. “To put four girls in the 70s is really good.”

The Bruins winning 379 total bested the remainder of the PVL that showed Colfax at 429, Center 525, Marysville 562, and Lindhurst 671.

Bear River was led Monday by tournament medalist Hannah Prosser, who shot a 4-under-par 70. Also under par, as Diamond Oaks played to a par-74 Monday, was fellow senior Kalei Owen with a 71.

The Bruins’ scoring also featured Dominique Peter with a 74, Corina Shaw with a 76 and Madison Templeton with an 89.

Bear River will now set its sights on next Monday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship tournament set for Mickie Grove Golf Club in Lodi. The tournament will bring together the top golf teams from 11 different section DV-VI and D-VII leagues.

Only the first-place team finisher from next Monday’s tournament and the top six individuals will move on to the Masters tournament set for Oct. 20, at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.

While Bear River’s golfers had a big day, ditto for Colfax’s Lady Falcons.

Sparked by PVL Most Valuable Player Jordan Rooker’s even-par 74, Colfax finished in second place as a team and qualified for its first CIF Divisional Tournament.

“To watch the improvement our girls have made this season is just great,” said Colfax coach Gary Rooker. “We had three girls under 90 today and everyone shot under 100.”

Following Jordan Rooker’s even-par round for the Falcons were Amber Hult, 82; Roxanne Reynolds, 88; Ashton Tenorio, 92; and Lauren Conway, 93.

Rooker noted that Conway, a freshman who had a hole-in-one in a league match last week at The Ridge, improved her score by 30 strokes from the first PVL tournament.

“This is why you coach,” said Rooker. “To see the improvement that the girls have made every day is what it’s all about.”