Patterson was only able to field a team of two golfers, with its other athletes unable to compete due to prior commitments. According to league rules, teams not meeting the minimum four golfers will forfeit the match.
But with both team and individual points on the line, Patterson played on, combining for a 124 team total at the par-36 Ranch Golf Course at Diablo Grande.
“It was frustrating not having enough girls to earn a win, but our girls did a great job of keeping their focus and playing the golf course,” said Patterson coach Jason Oliveira.
Leading the charge for Patterson in Tuesday’s defeat was junior Sarah Sanchez, who earned All-League points with her top-round of 57.
Oliveira was also pleased with the play of Tiger Dayna Hansen, a junior, playing in her first varsity match.
“If this in any indication of how Sarah and Dayna are going to play this season, we have some great things on the horizon,” Oliveira said.
The coach hopes to be at full strength by the team’s next match.
“We are looking forward to adding Simone Grice, and hopefully, Veronica Benitez in order to qualify for a win,” Oliveira said.
The Tigers continue WAC competition today, Aug. 30, against Central Valley High at Ceres’ River Oaks Golf Course. The match starts at 3:30 p.m.