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June 23, 2021

San Benito Ties for First in TCAL Meet in Gilroy

Marissa Gutierrez medaled and Katie Moeller shined as the San
Benito Lady ‘Balers tied for first place with Salinas at the Gilroy
Golf Course on Monday.
Along with Live Oak, Gilroy and Alvarez, San Benito and Salinas
led the group play with a team score of 191.
Gilroy – Marissa Gutierrez medaled and Katie Moeller shined as the San Benito Lady ‘Balers tied for first place with Salinas at the Gilroy Golf Course on Monday.

Along with Live Oak, Gilroy and Alvarez, San Benito and Salinas led the group play with a team score of 191.

Live Oak took third with a 248, while Gilroy finished just two strokes behind with a 250. Alvarez rounded out the group play with a 273.

“It goes to show you, all it takes is one shot,” said coach Chris Branon, who’s been stressing the short game with his Lady ‘Balers this season. “As a team in whole, they’re really utilizing that word ‘team.'”

San Benito has been battling the flu season recently, leading Jordan Archer and Amanda Frey to be absent from Monday’s group play. In Frey’s case, it was a last-minute scratch, and Branon gave her spot to Katie Moeller, who proceeded to shoot a 52.

“Katie went out in the last hour and shot the best score she’s ever had in competition,” Branon said. “She performed wonderfully today. Gilroy is not an easy golf course by any means.”

The teams played the par 35 back nine at Gilroy, which measures 2,619 yards in total distance. By comparison, the men’s distance is 2,995 yards.

Gutierrez led all golfers Monday when she medaled with a 4-over 39. Katie O’Brien shot a 47, while Jenny Glosser carded a 53. Lashea Dailey finished with a 58, and Alexis Sanchez was one stroke behind her with a 59.

The last time Salinas and San Benito saw each other was at the Tri-County Athletic League Jamboree. In that contest, Salinas edged San Benito by two strokes.

On Thursday at 3:30pm, the Lady ‘Balers will host Watsonville at the Ridgemark Golf and Country Club.

“There’s still a lot of work,” Branon said. “We’re still trying to get to the low 180s.”

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