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Ceres golfers defeat Johansen, Beyer
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Nick Wilcox fired a 2-under-par 34 to lead the Ceres High boys golf team to a 210-211 victory over second-place Johansen on Thursday at Dryden Park Golf Course.

Wilcox finished with three birdies, five pars and one bogey.

"He's cutting down his mistakes," said Ceres coach Butch Mendonca. "That's big."

The one-stroke win helped the Bulldogs take over sole possession of third place in the Modesto Metro Conference standings with a 6-5 record. The top two teams in league advance to the sub-section tournament next month.

"We still got a shot at it," Mendonca said. "We're one match out of second."

Bobby McFarlane, Chad Jantz, Jeff Warn and Tyler Smith shot 39, 42, 43 and 52, respectively, for the Bulldogs.

McFarlane had three birdies, two pars, two bogeys and two double bogeys. He was 3-under after five holes.

"That's his best round in two years," Mendonca said.

Jantz had one birdie, four pars, two bogeys and two double bogeys.

Warn had four pars, three bogeys and two double bogeys.

Smith had one par, three bogeys, two double bogeys and three triple bogeys.

Patrick Dugan and Bret Merchant both shot 41 for the Vikings, who fell to 7-4 in the MMC standings. Casey Koester, Ryan Roepke and Ryan Fairbanks fired 42, 43 and 44, respectively.

Patriots top Dawgs

Ceres missed out on an opportunity to beat undefeated Beyer on Tuesday, April 12 at Dryden Park Golf Course. The Bulldogs and Patriots both finished with 212, and the tiebreaker was the score of the sixth player on each team.

Beyer's J.J. Hubert shot better than Ceres freshman Ron Fry. Hubert had a 46. Fry fired a 50.

Coach Mendonca didn't blame Fry for the loss.

"Any one of the guys on our team could have shot one stroke better to win the match," he said.

Wilcox, Jantz, Warn, McFarlane and Smith shot 35, 40, 42, 46 and 49, respectively, for the Bulldogs.

Wilcox shot one stroke under par. He had four birdies, three pars, one bogey and one double bogey.

"He made a great save on No. 9," Mendonca said.

Wilcox recovered after his t-shot sailed left and landed under a bench on the par-three ninth hole. He took a drop and his approach shot fell eight feet short of the green. Wilcox made an 18-foot putt for par. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the

Ceres (Calif.) Courier