Del Oro tops Colfax golfers in links ‘friendly’

By: Mike Ray
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Two girls golf teams that are readying their games for their respective league battles that begin this week squared off in a friendly non-league match Tuesday at The Ridge, and for the most part, Del Oro’s John Pilcher and Colfax’s Gary Rooker came away happy with their team’s efforts.

“This is our fifth match, so the girls are starting to get a hold of what we’re trying to do,” said Pilcher, whose 12-player team is blessed with four seniors this season. “We know where we need to be when our league play starts up.”

For Rooker, his girls were playing their opening contest, and perhaps with some first-match jitters, the Falcons fell 261-269 to Del Oro.

“You have to start somewhere,” said Rooker. “This was our first match, but the girls did a good job.”

Thus far, Del Oro has played Woodcreek twice, Roseville and Nevada Union. The NU match was played at Alta Sierra in Grass Valley, which can provide a lot of challenges.

“That was an eye-opener for the girls,” said Pilcher. “We play at Morgan Creek, so you could say Alta Sierra plays a little different than what we’re used to.”

Pilcher had such a big turnout this season at Del Oro for golf that he has 13 players on the school’s JV team, which plays its matches at Indian Creek .

“Our JV team is working hard,” said Pilcher. “To get 25 girls to come out for golf is a good sign for our program.”

Rooker, who started Colfax High’s girls golf program five seasons ago, had 12 players come out for his squad this year.

“We have some girls that haven’t played golf before, so they’re just learning,” said Rooker. “But I like how they’re improving. What they are, are athletes learning to play the game. That will work.”

Tuesday, while Colfax’s top six players matched up with Del Oro’s lineup, Falcons’ assistant coach Jason Rodgers took Colfax’s six younger golfers out on the course to play in a scramble type event to familiarize them with the game.”

“We have some girls that have been out here just a couple of weeks, but they have loads of potential,” said Rooker. “The scramble lets them get on-course experience.”

Colfax was led by senior returning All-Pioneer Valley League pick Jordan Rooker, the coach’s daughter. The younger Rooker, who already has some scholarship offers on the table, shot a 42 Tuesday.

For Colfax, which will open PVL play against Center at The Ridge, Rooker was followed in by Roxanne Reynolds’ 51, Ashton Tenorio, 54, Anna Sutherland, 60, and Amber Hult, 62.

Del Oro’s scorecard was led by Kennady Allen with a 48, Alexis Vasquez with a 51, Madison Urrutia with a 52 and Sam Jacobs with a 54. The Eagles will play in the Lengfeld Open at Diamond Oaks in Roseville Monday before opening Sierra Foothill League play Tuesday versus Whitney at Morgan Creek.