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High School Golf: Central captures D-V title

PATTERSON -- The Central Catholic girls golfers huddled about 30 feet from the leaderboard after their rounds at the Sac-Joaquin Division V Tournament at Diablo Grande Resort Golf Course on Monday.

The girls sat anxiously on white foldout chairs for about 20 minutes, waiting for the final Linden High golfer to post her score. If the score was higher than 113, the Raiders would win.

The score was 147.

Central Catholic shot 523 as a team to win its first divisional tournament in school history and advance to the Masters Tournament next Monday at Auburn Country Club.

Sophomore Jessica Ferlmann led the team with a 97 on the par 72 course and Giovanna Fecchenino shot a 98.

"We were getting really nervous," said Ferlmann, one of three sophomores on the team. "We weren't sure at all what was going to happen. We're just really glad it turned out the way it did."

Said Raiders coach Dave Quintal: "I just told the girls to calm down and there was nothing they could do. It was all out of there hands."

Woodland Christian Chelsa Helget won medalist honors with a 76 and will join Bret Harte's Kirsten Locke (82) and Forest Lake Christian's Samantha Stockton (90) at the Master's Tournament.

Bret Harte (546) finished second in team standings, followed by Linden (564), Escalon (585), Patterson (606) and Hughson (661). Capital Christian did not finish because two players withdrew.

Ferlmann played in the first group and birdied the par-5 ninth. Her second shot, a 5-wood, rolled to 10 feet from the green and her third shot stopped 5 feet from the hole. She made the putt.

After a double bogey on No. 12, Ferlmann said she rebounded on the 13th hole by making a difficult two putt for par.

"To come in and win regionals and play in our first Masters ... is really special," Quintal said.

Quintal said he wasn't expecting too much from his team entering the season.

The team lost two seniors from last year in Hillary Burden and Julia Stockman, who regularly shot nine hole scores in the 30's, Quintall said. This year the Raiders had three sophomores, two juniors and a freshman.

"We thought it was a rebuilding year, but it was more of a reloading year," he said. "We don't have any seniors. Even with the success we've had in this program, this is really good for us."

Holly Wilcox had the third best score for Central Catholic with a 104, followed by Kirsten Kim's 109 and Brittany Storer's 115. Meghan Crumm's 148 was the lowest score dropped in the tournament.

"We are very proud and very happy," Ferlmann said.

CIF DIVISION IV TOURNAMENT, at Roseville -- Sierra High's Julie Schutler shot a 75 to earn medalist honors at Diamond Oaks GC.

Schutler, Dixon's Kayla Riede-Snow (79) and Center's Sagee Palavivatana (90) advanced to Monday's Section Masters Tournament at Auburn Country Club.

East Union (433), led by Krysta Clark's 78, was the only team to advance. Clark will be joined by Lancers Lindsay Shoot (85), Amanda Agostini (88), Ellen Parker (90), Brionna Gulart (92) and Megan Scholl (97).

Schutler said some practice rounds at Diamond Oaks last week payed dividends.

"It was good for me," she said. "There was one hole that was tricky because you can't see the flag from the tee box. If you use a driver you will drive it into the ravine and not know it until you get to that side."

Bee staff writer Scott Oxarart can be reached at soxarart@modbee.com or 578-2300.

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