Pacheco’s golf team earned its first Western Athletic Conference victory Wednesday in a 254-260 win over Central Valley at the Forebay Golf Course in Santa Nella, Pacheco’s home course.
Pacheco sophomore Jasmine Yruegas led the Panthers with a 54 on the 36-par course, followed by Edna Diaz’s 62. Kaylin Lambert, Breana Rodriguez and Adrianna Rodriguez each carded a 69, followed by Mykle Webster’s 72.
“It was exciting. They looked at me and said, did we win? They saw the score, but it was the reality of it,” Pacheco coach Laura Barger said. “We opened the season playing the top two teams — Central Catholic and Ceres — so that’s how we started. We have three matches this week, I said don’t worry about it, because our scores were better than the last few seasons.
“I said, don’t worry about that. We just want to be competitive. I said, this week, we have a chance, but play your game. We have no control over what they do. We control what we do. They did what they could and waited until the end to find out.”
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Central Valley’s Marlen Diaz carded a match-high 42, but the rest of the CV scores were over 70. On the same course, Los Banos dropped its match to Ceres, which is chasing Central Catholic in the league standings.
Barger said the victory should give the Panthers (1-3) a boost of confidence with the WAC midseason tournament coming up next Thursday.
“We only had two girls return this year, so we had four girls that are first-year players. They’re still learning the rules, and which clubs to hit with,” Barger said. “They played to their best, all six of them. The returning girls will tell you, it wasn’t a good game for them. But don’t we all do that? They sat down and said ‘I could have done better.’ They were critiquing themselves.
“That’s very important because we can’t coach out there. The only people they can talk to is their teammates — that’s the only ones that can help them. So for them to critique themselves is very important. I can tell them afterwards, this is what I saw, but it’s not like they can correct that overnight, especially since we don’t have a day of practice this week.”