The Atascadero women’s golf team is off to one of its best starts in recent memory with a 3-1 record after defeating the Paso Robles Bearcats 240-259 Monday afternoon at Chalk Mountain Golf Course.
For the past three years, the Greyhounds’ golf team has been led by senior Katie Berson, who has been playing the sport since her freshman year. In his junior season, Burson reached the state qualifying tournament and scored 83 points in 11 of his 18 games as the leading scorer (medalist). Burson led the Hounds again this season, but it was the support of the girls behind her that made the team a serious contender in the Mountain League.
Burson remains No. 1 for AHS. But the four juniors behind her – Allie Hesh, Haley Ferrell, McKenna Smith and Selina Garcia – have led the Hounds to the top of the league with their hard work and dedication to improving their game, not only in the offseason, but every year since they joined the team as freshmen.
These juniors have been with us since their freshman year, and every year they have gotten better, and now we have a very strong team. said AHS head golf coach Cara Ferrell. The core of these juniors worked very hard. I have to give them credit for working hard in the offseason and that made a big difference for us this year.
Atascadero, no. Sixth place goes to sophomore Brooke Halsey, who like her teammates has played this season and improved in each of the three tournaments she has participated in this year.
It’s not just about what they win, but who the Greyhounds beat. Two of their early season victories came against Arroyo Grande and Righetti, who the Hounds had been unable to beat in recent years when the two schools competed for the league title.
We beat Arroyo Grande in the very first game of the season, Ferrell said. In all my years, we’ve never beaten Arroyo Grande because it’s a phenomenal program. Then last week we beat Righetti, who has an MVP (Claire Alford).
Atascadero’s only loss came on the 15th. in March against the Righetti Warriors when Atascadero went to Rancho Santa Maria. The Warriors recorded a score of 266, two strokes behind the Hounds, who recorded a score of 268. Three days later, the Atascadero girls took on Righetti on their home field (Chalk Mountain) and defeated the Warriors by ten strokes for a total of 243.
It looks like the Mountain League is in play this season and the Hounds have as much chance as anyone to win the title. Currently, their biggest rival seems to be the San Luis Obispo Tigers, who are already 4-1 this year.
The Greyhounds travel to Cypress Ridge Golf Course this Thursday for a game against Arroyo Grande, which was cancelled earlier in the season due to rain.
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