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story.lead_photo.caption The California girls golf team had its postseason banquet Nov. 24, 2019. Photo by Kevin Labotka / California Democrat.

The California girls golf team had its postseason banquet Nov. 24.

The team finished in seventh place in districts with a score of 460. The Pintos moved up one spot from last year, where they finished in eighth place in districts with a score of 467.

Head coach Ashley Atteberry said the improvement is an accomplishment considering the district they are in.

"Well first of all, we are in one of the toughest districts in the state and always have the lowest cut to be able to go to sectionals," Atteberry said. "With that being said, just placing one place better than last year is a big accomplishment."

Experience helped the team improve this year.

"Our team did much better this year as compared to the last couple of years because I had girls who have had some experience on the golf course, and they started to learn how to manage their games on the course," Atteberry said.

Before the season started, Atteberry said the team was going to focus on its short game. After the season, Atteberry said it is still going to be something the team works on.

"Well, people's short games seem to always be a thorn in your side," Atteberry said. "Chipping and putting around the green is such a difficult task for anyone to master, as every golf course varies in the speed of their greens. It is still something we are going to work on for next year. We still take a lot of extra strokes 10 yards to the green and in."

For the returning players, Atteberry said the goals are to keep playing golf as much as they can and to continue to gain muscle memory, as that will only help them when they come out to compete next season.

The team was pretty young this year, and Atteberry said she wants the returning golfers to remember how the seniors acted this year.

"I had three great seniors this year, Katie Adams, Kendall Kirksey and Kendal Marsh," Atteberry said. "I want my returning golfers to remember the role models they had this year and bring that effort and energy back for next season."

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