Cats golf win 11 straight, top Kimball

By The Union Democrat Sports Department March 28, 2014 12:00 am

The Sonora Wildcats boys’ golf team won its 11th match in a row by beating Kimball 187-207 on Thursday at Old River in Tracy.

That 187 combined score may be the best ever for the Wildcats.

“As far as I know, that’s an all-time low,” said Sonora head coach Steve Lee, who has been at the helm for 12 years. “I know we’ve been in the 180s before, but that’s pretty rare. If it’s not, I don’t remember. It’s darn close.”

Wildcat junior Serge Kiriluk shot three-under par 36. He also birdied three holes. Teammate Spencer Morse wasn’t far behind, carding a 35. Morse had a birdie as well.

“They both played very well,” Lee said of his No. 1 and 2 golfers. “When you can go par the holes and get birdies, that’s good golf. We’re really pleased with those scores.”

Brandon Phelan fielded a 38, Sam Mays a 39 and Zach Atwood finished with a 42.

“When a whole team is in the 30s except one, those are the kinds of scores you hear from some of the big D-I schools down in the Bay Area where they got three or four thousand kids in the school. The scores were exceptional.”

For shooting under 200, Lee owes his Wildcats dinner. It’s a friendly on-going bet the team made this season.

“It cost me dinner, but it was worth it,” Lee said.

The Wildcats (11-0, 6-0 Valley Oak League) next head to the 20-team Pitman Tournament at Diablo Grande on Monday before two road matches against East Union and Lathrop midweek.

“Everybody loves to be undefeated, but we still have a long way to go,” Lee said. “I’m just really excited for the kids. We have to be cautious that we don’t get too excited. We still have to play all of our six league matches remaining. We’re just taking them one at a time and hoping for the best.”