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Kiriluk leads team to season-low score

Sonora’s Billy Kiriluk (right) contributed to the Wildcats’ season-low score on Tuesday. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat
The Sonora Wildcat golfers made their head coach Steve Lee pay for a proposition he made to them at the beginning of the year.

The Sonora Wildcat golfers stayed perfect in the Valley Oak League (5-0) on Tuesday, shooting a season-low 197 to drub the Sierra Timberwolves by 44 strokes (241) at Mountain Springs Golf Club.

By shooting under 200 as a team, Lee will treat his Wildcats to pizza. 

“They’ve been trying to get into my pocketbook for awhile,” said Lee. “I’ve told my teams for years if they shoot under 200 on a par 36, I’ll buy pizza. It’s a coach’s dream to have a team score under 200. It happened once last year, but a 197 is a really special score. We haven’t had that kind of score in a few years. What a great team effort.”

Sonora’s Billy Kiriluk led the way with an even-par 36. But that’s just part of the story.

Kiriluk was on fire through most of his round. He made three birdies in a row at 5, 6 and 7 and was at 3-under heading to the final hole.

While the final hole didn’t go as planned, Kiriluk’s 36 was good enough to earn medalist honors and help the Cats break the 200 barrier.

“He had a fantastic round,” said Lee. “His three birdies in a row really set him up.

Wildcat Kade Barajas followed Kiriluk with a season low 38, and has taken several strokes off his average over the last couple of weeks.

“Kade came up big last week when he shot a 42, which was phenomenal and helped us win that match,” said Lee. “And he shoots a 38 today ... just amazing.”

Also for Sonora, Ethan Farwell shot a 40, Sam Mays carded a 41 and Sam Mays shot a 42.

“Ethan has been as consistent as they come,” said Lee. “It’s pretty neat to be able to throw four guys out there and know they should shoot at least in the low 40s.”

The Wildcats are alone atop the VOL and have a chance to finish the first half of league season unbeaten on Thursday agains rival Oakdale.

“We finish the first half of league season this week and we’d love to finish the first half 6-0,” said Lee. “I’m really pleased with their progress, but like I’ve told them, we’ve got a lot of work in front of us.”

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