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Bonales enjoys stellar career with CVs varsity boys golf program
Anthony Bonales starred on Central Valley High Schools varsity boys golf team for four years. Bonales was the Western Athletic Conferences top player as a senior, sophomore and freshman. Anthony will continue his playing career at Division-I UC Riverside. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Senior Anthony Bonales completed his final round as a member of Central Valley High School's varsity boys golf team this past month.

The four-year standout shot an even-par 72 en route to a 10th-place finish in a field of 144 at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, staged on May 12 at The Reserve at Spanos Park.

"There will be a lot bigger stages down the road that will be more important," Bonales stated leading up to the competition. "I don't have anything to prove. People know I'm a good player."

"He beat a lot of good golfers," Hawks head coach Mike Holliday said. "He played a solid round."

Johansen's Daniel Pena (66), Rio Americano's Alex Lee (69), Vista del Lago's Kevin Huff (70) and El Camino's Eric Olsem (70) secured individual berths to the Northern California Championships.

Bonales just missed the cut.

"He's been an eyelash shy of going to the next level his whole career," Holliday said. "That shows how consistent he is."

Bonales had a productive career with the Hawks.

Anthony, the WAC's top player as a senior, sophomore and freshman, qualified for Divisionals four times.

He advanced to Masters twice.

Bonales almost qualified for NorCals as a freshman. He tied for fourth place at Masters. He lost in a five-man playoff for the final berth.

Anthony's skill set, mental makeup and smarts made him a unique talent.

"You don't see that combination very often," Holliday said. "He's just an exceptional person. Student-wise. Athlete-wise. He's very realistic about everything, all the time. He made everybody else on the team better."

Bonales graduated from Central Valley on June 5.

"It will make my job a lot harder next season," Holliday said.

Athony will continue his golf career at Division-I UC Riverside.

"I expect he'll do the same thing at the next level," Holliday said.