Freshman Lauren Padgetts team low 48 over nine holes led the Yucaipa High School golf team to a 254-260 win over Redlands East Valley on Tuesday, avenging a first-round loss to the Citrus Belt League leaders. Yucaipa lost at REV last month 266-277 for its only blemish this season. Tuesday's match was held at the Yucaipa Valley Golf Course.
Both teams now hold 6-1 records in CBL, however the Wildcats have a firm grip on defending their league championship due to their lower combined point total against Yucaipa. YHS improved to 14-1 overall this season. In a match held last month at the Redlands Country Club, the Thunderbirds lost to REV by a score of 266-277.
“We beat REV this time at home and we’re extremely happy,” said YHS coach Teri McKibban, who was hesitant to concede the league championship to REV. “We both play Redlands one more time and you just never know.” YHS shot a season low 244 in its first round win over Redlands.
McKibban and REV coach Sam Patalano noted the improvement from Padgett and both credited her with playing a difference in the return match. Earlier this season Padgett wasn't shooting low enough to make Yucaipa’s top-5 which is currently led by soon to be four-time, All-CBL performer Sadie Tucker, who recorded a 50 on Tuesday. Tucker owns a season average of 46.
Yucaipa’s other senior, Kassidy Grammer, has been a consistent top-5 finisher. She shot a 53 on Tuesday and along with Lexi Houchins’ 51 and Macy McKibbans 52, has always placed in the top-5. Nicole Calbreath and Grace Estrada have also been vying for the fifth spot. McKibban pointed out that Calbreath has shown she is capable of consistently shooting under 50.
Tucker played on two CBL title teams for YHS hall of fame coach Scott Adams and would like to earn another for McKibban. “As a senior, things are different. Before, I didn't know what to expect. Now, I know what to expect.” Co-captain Grammer said much of the team’s success this year is due to chemistry. “We’re like a close knit family. We’re all friends because of golf.”
REV sophomore Tayler Muchmore led all scorers with a 37. The reigning CBL-MVP was not enough to counter Yucaipa’s deep lineup. This season, YHS has earned victories over Hemet, Palm Springs, Coachella Valley and two over Beaumont. In mid-September, McKibban returned to the Coachella Valley with first year players for a JV tournament. Freshman Elizabeth Bearie came in second in a field of 28 after losing a tie-breaker. Zaily Stewart and McKenna Ternes came in second and third. The rest of Yucaipa’s roster includes: Camryn Amundsen, Kathryn Blair; Charlotte Parker and Brooke Hicks.