Alyse Padilla is rolling and so is the Enochs High School girls golf team.
The Eagles, Modesto Metro Conference champions four of the last five years, ran their league record to 4-0 Tuesday by shooting a season-low 217 at Creekside to defeat Grace Davis. The team’s only issue to date is coach Matt Doyle’s bout with a cold. Enochs is heavily favored to continue its league dominance.
“We hope we can stay consistent and do some things in the tournaments,” Doyle said. “We’re setting our goals.”
One is to reach the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters, which has been accomplished by only one previous Enochs team (2009 with star Shawnee Martinez).
Padilla, last year’s MMC Player of the Year and the only Enochs player to reach Masters last fall, strengthened her game with junior competition over the summer. She shot 42 on Tuesday but – to underline Enochs’ talent – she was beaten for the medalist honor by senior teammate Cambry Hastings with a 41. And right there with the duo is Mbeneka Maithya, an improved sophomore. She recorded a 42 at Creekside.
“All three of those girls are challenging for No. 1,” Doyle said. “Then we have Angela Pierce and Brittneigh Redfern. Six or seven on our team can shoot in the 40s.”
Gregori’s one-stroke win over Beyer gives the Jaguars the inside track for MMC runner-up. Karina Hart leads the Jaguars while Angela Micheletti and her Beyer teammates seek better results in the rematch.
Here’s a quick update on the rest of the Stanislaus District conferences:
How deep are the Bulldogs, you ask? This deep: Turlock’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams finished 1-2 at the Merced High Invitational. On Tuesday, they went low with a 211 at Pheasant Run in Chowchilla.
Seniors Sarah Garcia (39s in the last two CCC matches), Bergen Benedict and Michaela de Bos anchor the Bulldogs, along with junior Brooke Vierra. Then there’s sophomore Lyndee Sutton and freshman Preethi Singh.
Turlock placed second at the Section D-I South tournament last year. The seniors remember this, and they also know the Bulldogs have claimed only one blue banner during their dynasty.
“They see that banner and they want another one,” coach Mary Krupka said.
Elsewhere in the CCC, Pitman junior Taylor Beckwith – the 2013 Player of the Year – hopes to qualify for Masters for the third straight year.
The Lancers, eight-time defending VOL champions who’ve won seven of the last eight Section D-IV titles, must rebuild after placing one stroke behind champion Rocklin at the 2013 Masters. All are underclassmen other than Riley and junior Rebecca Leonard, and their team scores have hiked this season.
That said, they’re 2-0 and beat contender Sierra by 10 strokes in their first meeting. EU coach Dennis Wells believes there’s room for improvement by season’s end. Kimball also could challenge.
“We’re taking nothing for granted,” Wells said.
Central Catholic, a new VOL entry after winning league titles in the last eight years, saw its 104-match winning streak – dating back to the final match of 2006 – snapped by Sierra by six strokes last week. The Raiders are very young this season.
“Some administrators asked me, ‘What do you mean you lost?’ ” coach Dave Quintal said. “At least we’ll have another chance at Sierra.”
That’s telling, because CC has departed for the VOL and leaves Ceres as the favorite to win the WAC. Ceres never has won a league title in girls golf.
The Bulldogs have won their first two matches behind Caitlin Pfaff, the two-time WAC Player of the Year. She and fellow senior Erica Hogner have positioned Ceres and coach Randy Cerny for a potentially special season. Pfaff also hopes to qualify for the first time for Masters.
Hilmar and Hughson figure to vie for VFL-South honors. Makena Azevedo, the sister of Hilmar boys star Landon Azevedo, paces the Yellowjackets. Jayna Patel stars for the Huskies.
The VFL gathers for its midseason tournament Monday at Micke Grove near Lodi.