By Bill Tamburrino
The Ramona High School girls golf team dropped a non-league match to Steele Canyon High School, 256-266, at San Vicente Golf Course.
Keara McCarthy of Steele Canyon earned medalist honors by carding a 42 on the par 36 front nine.
On the Bulldog team, Kailey Hill turned in the top score as she fired a 47 which was a five stroke improvement over her previous score. Catlyn Doulgeropoulos also shaved three shots off her season low by carding a 48. Shannon Curristan improved as she shot a 55, 15 strokes below her last effort. Courtney Keisel and Amanda Raines both shot 58. Rachel Costan shot a non-scoring 73.
Hill is a three-sport athlete.
“Kailey has always loved playing sports. She has played just about every sport: traveling soccer, basketball, softball. She loves to play. She started golfing when she was about four. Nothing serious but she would go out with me and her brother (Robert) and use some of my old clubs and play,” said her father, Bob Hill. Her mom, Chona, does not golf.
Softball is Hill’s passion but golf coach John Rathbun thinks that she could play golf at the next level.
“Kailey is a tremendous athlete. She is a natural. I know that softball is her favorite and she will get a scholarship in softball, but if she ever decided to concentrate on golf she would be a scholarship athlete in golf,” he said.
Despite her busy athletic schedule, Hill maintains a 4.10 grade point average and has committed to attend the University of San Diego on a softball scholarship. She wants to be a pre-med major and become a doctor.
Even though golf is not Hill’s primary sport she thinks it will be a lifetime endeavor.
“It is relaxing. It will be a hobby,” she said.
“We will improve as the season goes on,” Rathbun said. “We have a much better chance to compete in the Valley League than we did the last two seasons (in the Palomar League with state champion in league). The girls are working hard and improving. Our best is yet to come.”