Ceres High’s boys golf team amassed a 5-5 overall record and placed fourth with a 4-3 mark in the Western Athletic Conference cluster standings this season.
“They surpassed my expectations,” Bulldogs’ head coach Ron Edwards said. “I was hoping we’d finish .500. That was just a guess. I didn’t know if we’d be able to do that.”
“They’ve been working hard,” he added. “They’ve gotten better every week. They’ve got a good camaraderie. They joke and laugh.”
Ceres High secured a split during the final week of the WAC cluster season.
The Bulldogs posted a team score of 411 against Pacheco and Mountain House on April 27 as the three teams played St. Stanislaus’ nine-hole course twice.
Ceres High won by forfeit against Pacheco, which didn’t have enough players to compete as a team.
“I’m not much into forfeit wins,” Edwards said. “I’d rather play against somebody.”
Ceres High lost by 55 strokes to first-place Mountain House (356).
“Mountain House has a good program,” Edwards said. “There’s not much we could do.”
Erik Hott led the Bulldogs with 6-over-par 60.
“He’s been playing well,” Edwards said. “He’s taken first our last three matches.”
Ceres High teammates Jayson Homsombath, Zachary Chastain, Christopher Dunn and Alejandro Plantillas shot 65, 87, 96 and 103, respectively.
“The guys have been getting better each week,” Edwards said. “They listen. They do what they’re told. They’ve gelled together as a team.”
CV boys fourth
Central Valley’s boys golf team placed fourth during the Central California Conference dual season.
The Hawks improve to 7-7 overall and finished 5-7 in CCC play after winning one of their two league matches this past week.
Central Valley coasted to a 172-226 win over visiting Merced on April 26 at St. Stanislaus.
Victor Alvarez led the Hawks with a 32.
Alijah Lopez and Matteo Bonales shot 33 and 35, respectively.
Dylan Jacobson and Dillon Brush rounded out Central Valley’s scorecard with identical rounds of 36.
Central Valley lost 220 -244 to third-place Buhach Colony on April 28 at Rancho Del Rey Golf Club.
Bonales led the Hawks with a 40.
Brush carded a 47.
Armando Guajardo and Jadon Rafatti both shot 50.
Jacobson fired a 57.