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Girls golf: Lincoln takes top honors at PVL No. 1, Placer's Pietromonaco medalist

By: Jeremy McDonald / Special to the Journal
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PVL No. 1

LINCOLN 470

Kaitlyn McKinney 77

Haley Vandenberg 92

Kelsey Blaylock 92

Bryna Hamasaki 102

Hope Snead 107

PLACER  487

Natalie Pietromonaco 76

Ashley Meadows 87

Hailey Springer 104

Erin Corcoran 107

Elyse Isenberg 113

BEAR RIVER 529

Shelby Lampson  102

Malone Pearson 102

Bella Batula 105

Mary Webster 109

Olivia Naves 111

COLFAX 559

Teagan Santin 105

Riley O’Keefe 112

McKenna Trauernicht 112

Lauren Garofalo 113

Lily Pantlick 117

CENTER 599

Erica Guillory 100

Kayli Henkel 111

Melany Herrera 123

Danielle Boada 131

Rachel Cavasos 134

SACRAMENTO – For the first time in 2014, the golf teams of the Pioneer Valley League tackled an 18-hole course when they met up at par-72 Bartley Cavanaugh Monday.

At the end of the day, it was Lincoln that won the endurance test when it posted a team score of 470. 

“They impressed me today,” said Fighting Zebras head coach David Hicks.  “I think they shot their lowest scores on 18.  I think I got some personal bests. They dropped a good five-to-10 strokes off their normal scores.”

Placer finished second behind Lincoln with a 487 and Bear River was third with a 529 score. Colfax finished fourth with 559 and Center rounded up the top five with Foothill not participating.

“It was actually pretty close to what I expected; right around 100 (per player),” said Lady Bruins head coach Gayne Nakano.  “I’m pretty sure most of it is course management.  If we can improve on that, we can knock off some points.  That’s our goal — work on short game, putting and chipping.  I think that’s the easiest to get some shots.”

Individually, the Lady Hillmen’s Natalie Pietromonaco shot a medalist round of 76 on the par-71 course.  On the front nine, Pietromonaco shot a par 37 with two birdies, two bogies and five pars to her credit.

Pietromonaco finished a shot ahead of the Zebras’ Kaitlyn McKinney, who finished second after finishing ahead of her opposition a few days ago.

Placer’s Ashley Meadows rebounded from her withdraw against Lincoln because of an injury to finish third with an 87, as she followed a string of golfers who came on strong entering the back nine holes of the course.

“I felt really good today, especially with my wrist how it is,” Meadows said.  “Eighteen (holes) for me seems pretty easy (compared to) nine holes and it’s kinda odd.  It’s odd because I can’t get into the 40s in nine holes, but in the back nine I shot a 42.  It kinda shocks me.”

Haley Vandenberg (92) and Kelsey Blaylock (92) rounded out the top three for Lincoln.  Hailey Springer shot a 104 in one of the last groups to round out the top three for Placer.

Teagan Santin (105), Riley O’Keefe (112) and McKenna Trauernicht (112) were the top shooters for Colfax.  Shelby Lampson and Malone Pearson both shot 102 and Bella Batula got a 105 to make up Bear River’s top three.

Erica Guillory (100), Kayli Henkel (111) and Melany Herrera (123) led Center.

On Tuesday, unbeaten Lincoln defeated Bear River at par-35 Lake of the Pines, 249-272. The Lady Bruins (2-3) were led by Lampson (45), Pearson (54) Shaelyn Poteet (54), Olivia Naves (58) and Bella Batula. Bear River hosts Center Thursday.

Placer beat Center 259-304 Tuesday behind Pietromonaco’s two-over round of 38 at Auburn Valley.