Troy falls to shorthanded Walnut, 197-205

WALNUT - Troy coach Jerry Cowgill is a bit disappointed.

About a month of the girls golf season is in the past, and Cowgill expected to see more out of the Warriors by now, especially from the Nos. 4-6 players in the lineup, the ones who often end up determining the outcome of a match.

"We just need to have more consistency with good scores down below," Cowgill said. "We haven't been able to do that yet."

Monday's nonleague match is a perfect example of what he is talking about. Two Warriors shot a 6-over-par 42 on the front nine at Diamond Bar Golf Course while the higest score that  Walnut had to keep was a 41. And becasue of that, the Mustangs edged the No. 1 Warriors, 197-200.

It was the first loss of the season for Troy (7-1), which beat Walnut, 197-205, last week at Royal Vista Country Club, the Mustangs' home course.

Traditionally, Walnut fields one of the top five girls golf programs in the CIF-SS, so on the surface it might seems as if the Warriors are in pretty good shape, considering they split the season series with a state-championship contender in the Mustangs.

But the results don't tell the whole story this time, Cowgill said. In both matches against the Warriors, Walnut was missing its best players, who were kept off the course because of commitments at school.

"I took my best both matches so that probably means we are a little behind them," Cowgill said. "But we didn't play out best either, and it would have to be one of those days when we play our best to have a chance to beat them (at full strength)."

Beth Lillie holed one birdie during her round on Monday and carded a 1-over-par 37 to lead the Warriors (7-1). Freshman Kaylee Sakoda, who consistently shoots in the high 30s, added a 39 for Troy.

"She is little, but she (Sakoda) hits the ball far, maybe not as far as Beth, but as far as anyone else on the team," Cowgill said. "She plays a lot of tournaments, has a good swing and has a good head on her shoulders."

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