Hounds top Bearcats at Chalk Mtn.

Burson shoots low round

ATASCADERO —  The Atascadero and Paso Robles girls golf teams met for the first time this year in a dual meet at Chalk Mountain Golf Course on Tuesday. Atascadero came into the match with a 6-3 record on the year and a 1-1 record in Mountain League play while the Bearcats were 3-3 and in the middle of a rebuilding season.

The Bearcats came into this season with a new head coach in Kevin Leclair, who currently coaches the boys golf team, and only one returning player on the entire team in Kayla Hernandez. In total Paso Robles only has two girls on the team with any golf experience at all, Paige Autry is the Bearcats other experienced golfer having played her freshman year. Last season the Bearcats were only able to field five varsity players which is a major disadvantage in competition.

Golf teams are generally made up of six golfers that will all play the course and every team can scratch their highest score. With only having five players, no Bearcat player was allowed to have an off day and if one of the girls was sick or not able to play Paso Robles was forced to forfeit.

“The first step was pure recruitment,” Leclair said. “We were just trying to find girls that would play. So we went out to different sports teams and we hit softball hard because they play in the spring and if you can swing a stick and hit a moving ball then you can swing a stick and hit a stationary ball.”

Paso Robles has now built up a team of 11 girls through the strong recruiting efforts of both the coaches and the girls.

“These girls are all nice, are supportive of each other, like each other, they have come from all these different spaces on the campus and didn’t necessarily know each other and they have come together as our team and they are just having fun with each other and learning,” Leclair said. “They put each other at ease because they are all learning so they aren’t nervous or embarrassed when they hit a bad shot because somebody else is going to hit a bad shot, too.”

The Greyhounds find themselves in a different position this season after finishing third in league last year and returning their top four players in Abbey Hurst, Alyssa Melendez, Julia Smith and Katie Burson who finished fourth in league as a freshman last year. As a team, the Greyhounds finished in third place last year behind San Luis Obispo (league champions) and Righetti.

On Tuesday, the Hounds defeated the Bearcats 246-270 to move to 7-3 on the season with all three of their losses coming at the hands of Arroyo Grande. Burson shot the lowest round of the afternoon recording a 41 on the front nine followed by Hurst who shot a 49.

Jenny Armstrong shot the lowest score for Paso Robles on Tuesday recording a 50 followed by Hernandez with a 53 and Autry with a 55.

The Greyhounds will be back in action at Chalk Mountain, their home course, on Monday when they host San Luis Obispo for a dual and the two teams will see each other on Thursday, Oct. 4 as the Bearcats host their mini, a tournament with all of the schools in the Mountain League, at the Paso Robles Country Club.


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