Despite missing three starters, Troy wins fifth consecutive match


HACEINDA HEIGHTS – The Troy girls golf team is in the midst of a busy week, playing in three dual matches and one tournament, so Coach Jerry Cowgill gave the Warriors the choice of picking one day to take off.

Three of Troy’s regular starting six skipped Tuesday’s Freeway League match against La Habra, including senior Beth Lillie, the team's No. 1 player.

Kaylee Sakoda and Isabel Sy both decided to stay in the lineup, and they both broke 40  at Hacienda Golf Club to help the Warriors beat the Highlanders, 216-293.

Sakoda medaled for the second time this season, shooting a 1-under-par 35. She had two birdies and hit eight of nine greens in regulation.

Sy carded a a 3-over-par 39 as Troy extended its winning streak to five matches.

Cowgill said the Warriors might have been hampered a bit by playing from the green tees, which made the course about 300 yards shorter because La Habra is in just its second year of varsity golf.

“So maybe some places they are hitting a driver usually, maybe they hit it anyway and got in trouble this time,” Cowgill said of his players. “It makes a difference.”

In both matches Sakoda has posted the low score, she has been under par. She was 1-under par in a victory against Yorba Linda at Black Gold Golf Course.

She is one of three players to post a sub-par round for the Warriors, who brought a 193.0 nine-hole scoring average into the match.

Lillie has posted a 3-under round this season and Sy came in once at 1 under.

“We haven’t all done it on the same day so we haven’t had that lights-out score,” Cowgill said. “So that is the progression I want this season. That is what I am shooting for, to not burn them out and see if we can play well at the end.”

In other girls golf: 

University 189, Beckman 192: Samantha Cabunag fired a 2-under-par 36 at Strawberry Farms Golf Course to lead the Trojans (6-0, 2-0) to a Pacific Coast League victory.

Santa Margarita 192, JSerra 275: Kiara Boggs carded a 1-under-par 35 for the Eagles in their Trinity League triumph at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course.

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