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Floyd A Stroke Off Advancing In Stevinson
With winds at an average of 30 miles per hour and gusts reaching 50 mph, competitors at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Golf Tournament had to make some serious adjustments to their game at the Stevinson Ranch Golf Club on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

But while most golfers struggled to keep their drives out of the wind, Riverbank High's Courtney Floyd was playing her best golf of the year.

The junior finished sixth overall among the 53 top small school golfers in the section, just one stroke shy of tying for the third and final individual advancement to the SJS Masters championship.

"When you get to sections you are seeing some pretty good golfers, so to be that close to one of those three individual positions is huge," Riverbank coach John Bartlett said. "She had a really good round in not very good golfing conditions."

Floyd was one of 18 individuals who had advanced to the D-V tournament from their respective leagues. She was joined by teammate Diana Ruiz, who shot in the middle of the pack with a 140 on the windy course.

Escalon, Riverbank's Valley Foothill League rival, won the tournament in 599 strokes (just three better than Central Catholic) to advance as the lone team qualifier at Masters.

Riverbank will shoot for a team advancement to the D-V postseason next year, with every golfer returning but No. 6 Maria Torres.

Floyd received a nice sixth place SJS medal for her efforts Tuesday, but will certainly be hungry for advancement deeper into the playoffs after a busy offseason of competitive golf in Modesto.

Bartlett is hoping the other girls will follow suit with similar summer programs to improve the teams' marks come 2010.

"A lot of the girls are talking about playing in the offseason to get better," Bartlett said. "If we can get some of the girls to do that we should be tough next year."