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Bonales falls one stroke short of Masters berth
Ceres High places third at Divisionals
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Central Valley High School junior Anthony Bonales just missed qualifying for the Sac-Joaquin Section Varsity Boys Masters Boys Golf Tournament.

East Union's Will Brink edged out Bonales for the third and final individual berth at the Division-IV Championships on May 6 on the Castle Oaks Golf Course in Ione.

Anthony's season ended in dramatic fashion for the second time in three years.

Brink won a two-man playoff versus Bonales last week.

Will made a 35-foot birdie putt on the par-5 first hole.

Bonales and Brink both shot a 1-over-par 72 to force the tiebreaker.

"I could have played better," Anthony said. "Every athlete goes through the process of being frustrated. There's always next year."

Bonales nearly qualified for the Northern California Championships in 2011. Anthony and three other players lost in a five-man playoff to Brink at Masters. Bonales, who left a 10-foot birdie putt four inches short of the cup during the first playoff hole, tied for fourth place with a 2-over-par 74.

"It sucks not being able to go to Masters again," Bonales said. "I wish him (Brink) the best of luck. He's a great player and one of my closest friends. It would have hurt more losing to someone else."

Ceres High School placed eighth with a team score of 525 at Divisionals.

Ian Couture paced the Bulldogs with an 84.

Blake Hurst, Andre Torres, Justin Moore and Dylan Lake shot 101, 104, 114 and 122, respectively.

Bonales had high hopes for the 2013 season.

Anthony fell short in his bid to win a third consecutive Western Athletic Conference individual title, tournament championship and Most Valuable Player award.

Bonales placed third with a 7-over-par 79 at the WAC year-end tournament on May 1 at Stevinson Ranch.

"A lot of people expect me to play well," Bonales said. "I like that pressure. I've improved a lot. I have a big summer ahead of me. I want to take my game to the next level. I want to make it to NorCals. I want to show I'm one of the best players around."