So much for East Union High having to rebuild its girls golf program. The Lancers, expected to take a step back after back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV titles, are determined to make it three in a row.
"I think it's a good possibility, the way our freshman, sophomores and juniors are playing," said Krysta Clark, one of only two starters back from last year's five-player team."
EU continued its fine play Thursday as Clark fired a 1-under 36 and senior Lindsay Shoot fired a par 37 in a 219-304 Valley Oak League win over Sonora at Manteca Park Golf.
The win preserved EU's perfect record (10-0 overall, 7-0 in league), but the Lancers are more interested in what's ahead.
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"We're going to start playing more 18-hole rounds, so we're ready for the playoffs," said Clark, noting the added physical and mental exertion that comes with playing 18 holes.
Clark has no shortage of experience when it comes to playing 18.
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She played 25 tourneys this summer, and it appears the extra work has paid off. Fresno State and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo are pursuing her, but Clark has yet to decide.
"I've visited both and they're both really nice," said Clark, who hopes to major in criminology or kinesiology. "My GPA is 3.2, but I'm working hard. I've got two (Advanced Placement) classes, statistics and psychology. I take my grades seriously."
The Lancers' high point this season was winning last week's Merced Invitational. The field was loaded with Division I teams, and Clark finished second with a 79.
"Krysta has the ability to be another (Marina) Martinez," said coach Brian Goulart, comparing her to The Bee's Player of the Year in 2005 and '06. "She's hitting the ball far and has a great mental approach."
Clark's round featured three birdies and two bogeys, both marred by three putts. One lipped out or she could have tied her career-best of 35 over nine -- she did it twice in 2007, at Manteca Park and Woodbridge.
JOHANSEN 255, ENOCHS 272, at Modesto Muni -- The Vikings (8-1) leaned on their superior depth in the win over the Eagles (4-5). Johansen ace Christine Uhalde, who shot a 35 here last week, had a 47 this time.
BEYER 272, DAVIS 339, at Dryden Park -- Kayla Grey's 49 paced the Patriots (8-1 MMC) to the victory over the Spartans (1-8 MMC). Beyer and Johansen (8-1) meet Oct. 2 at Dryden in a match that should decide the MMC championship.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 190, LIVINGSTON 256, at Dryden Park -- The Raiders (8-0) shot their best team score of the season in the win over the Wolves (4-4). The Raiders' Brittany Storer shot her best score of the season, a 45, and had a chip-in from just off the green on No. 16.
ESCALON 149, BRET HARTE 156, at Escalon -- Hailey Homen shot her best round of the season, a 1-over-par 31, as the Cougars (6-1) beat the previously undefeated Bullfrogs (6-1). Bret Harte's Kirsten Locke shot a 29, the best score recorded at Escalon this season. Bret Harte defeated Escalon in their Valley Foothill League North division opener at Greenhorn Ranch earlier this month.
TURLOCK 234, LOS BANOS 319, at Forebay -- Spencer Heller shot a 5-over-par 42, pacing the Bulldogs (7-0 CCC) to the victory over the Tigers (2-5).