FOLSOM — The Division I Delta River League’s first 18-hole tournament of the season was Wednesday at Empire Ranch, a par 71 golf course in Folsom.
St. Francis, one of the dominant girls golf teams in the entire Sac-Joaquin Section, was dethroned by Pleasant Grove, which finished first with a 390. The Troubadours took second, posting a 400, followed by Oak Ridge with a 440 and Ponderosa with a 496.
Sheldon, a team that was in search of a coach late in August, had to forfeit and Folsom was unable to field a team this year. The lack of teams will hurt the remaining squads as fewer teams and individuals will qualify for postseason play.
“In previous years, our score would have been low enough to win or at least take second,” Oak Ridge coach Tony Diaz said about Wednesday’s tournament. “Unfortunately we are in a league that has two of the top teams in the area — for two teams to shoot 400 and lower is unbelievable.
“Pleasant Grove and St. Francis have amazing teams and are the teams to beat right now, but I know we will compete and try our best to win the upcoming dual matches and league tournaments.”
Shivani Sharma led the Trojans with an 82. Beomyun Han was right behind her with an 83. Carolyn Almeida fired an 87, followed by Julia Bulotti, 88; Breanna Baker, 100; and Erika Schiff, 114.
Ponderosa’s Makenzie Shivers and Maggie Nuttal came in with a pair of 94s, followed by Sabrina Platt with a 97; Holly Martin with a 102; Emily Olander, 103; and Sarah DiMaggio, 108.
Medalist honors went to Pleasant Grove’s Danielle Covery and Sarah Debnekoff, who both shot 74. St. Francis’ Ashley Noda and Pleasant Grove’s Brittany O’Bryant finished with a pair of 75s.
“Overall I felt we did amazing — especially being a young and inexperienced team,” Diaz said. “To have four members of the team shoot in the 80s is wonderful. The girls are working hard and improving daily.
“I’m very proud of our team and our captains — senior Julia Bulotti and junior Beomyun Han — who lead by example. Julia shot her best nine-hole score of 41 against Union Mine, and her best 18-hole score in the league tournament in her last two outings. Shivani and Carolyn also had personal best scores in the league tournament.”