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Bulldogs golfers finish seventh at Division-IV tourney
Ceres Highs new-look varsity girls golf team participated in the playoffs for the sixth year in a row. The Bulldogs placed seventh at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament and third in the WAC standings - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Led by a trio of seniors, Ceres High School's varsity girls golf program posted a team score of 513 on its way to a runner-up showing at the 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament.

The new-look Bulldogs placed seventh at Divisionals on Oct. 26 at Sierra View Golf & Country Club.

"We really didn't have lofty expectations," Ceres High co-head coach Randy Cerny said. "It was an opportunity for the girls to play another round of golf."

Ceres High (590) finished behind Bear River (484), Placer (514), Union Mine (546), El Capitan (547), Livingston (558) and Liberty Ranch (575).

Bear River and Placer qualified for Masters.

"We were up against tough competition," Cerny said.

Abigail Nou led the Bulldogs with a 29-over-par 102 at Divisionals.

Hannah Smith, Rose Sammons, Savanah Beltran and Monika Ramirez shot 101, 125, 128 and 134, respectively.

Ceres High's varsity girls golf team made its sixth straight postseason appearance this fall.

The Bulldogs (7-5) edged out Los Banos for the WAC's third and final playoff berth.

"We had a good season," Cerny said. "We didn't play as well as last year because we lost a lot of talent to graduation. But I'm still proud of the girls for what they accomplished."

Ceres High made history in 2014 by capturing its first-ever conference title. The Bulldogs had a perfect 12-0 mark.

Ceres High accumulated 55 wins and just 17 losses in WAC play from 2010-15 under Cerny's guidance.

The Bulldogs dropped 13 of 14 matches in the Valley Oak League during the 2009 season.

Ceres High didn't field golf teams in 2008 and 2007 due to a lack of interest.

"The expectations weren't too high because I never coached girls golf before," Cerny said. "I'm just proud to be associated with some really good girl golfers. They came into the program with knowledge of the game. My main goal is to keep them focused and motivate them."

Smith and Ramirez are both expected to return to the team next fall, along with Sammons and Natalia Cortez.

Nou, Beltran and Alissa Atchison will graduate in June.

"I'm really excited about next season," Cerny said. "It will be my last year. I want to see those two girls (Hannah and Monika) finish. They started out as freshmen with me."