Golfers stumble against Central Catholic
by PI Staff
Sep 19, 2012 | 621 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Patterson High girls golf team dropped a Western Athletic Conference match to Modesto’s Central Catholic High on Sept. 11, being defeated, 200-231, by the Raiders at Diablo Grande’s Ranch Golf Course.

“We had a rough day on the course,” said Patterson coach Jason Oliveira. “In golf, when things go bad, they can either get better, or much, much worse. (Last week), we just couldn’t get out of the funk we got into during the early holes of the match.”

Patterson’s nine-hole performance hinged on the play of its top starters, junior Sarah Sanchez and senior Veronica Benitez, whose respective stroke averages rank among the team’s best.

“Golf is a very funny game, and keeping a positive attitude is very important to your overall success,” Oliveira said. “(The outcome against Central Catholic) was not for lack of trying — all four girls on this year’s team have great attitudes.”

The Tigers (1-3 WAC) were paced on the par-36 course by Sanchez’s round of 50. Benitez also fared well, carding a 59.

“Although our play could’ve been better, I was very happy with how our girls handled the difficulties they were experiencing,” Oliveira said. “Sarah has had some small struggles in our last couple of matches, so I am really looking for her to rebound with solid performances. She is too good of a player to be kept down long.”

Patterson newcomers Dayna Hansen, a junior, and sophomore Simone Grice continued their steady improvement, shooting 59 and 63, against Central Catholic.

“Both Dayna and Simone are class acts, and represent themselves and their school to a very high standard,” Oliveira said. “Our girls kept playing, and even though they were frustrated, handled themselves very well.”

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