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Ceres High boys place fourth at D-IV event
Condit advances to Masters tournament
Ceres Highs Gary Condit shot a 6-over-par 78 on his way to a sixth-place finish at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament on May 7 in Merced. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Ceres High's varsity boys golf program had its season cut short at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament for the third consecutive season.

The Bulldogs posted a team score of 489 en route to a fourth-place finish at Divisionals on May 7 at the Merced Golf & Country Club.

Placer (424), Union Mine (452) and Colfax (471) took first, second and third, respectively.

The top two teams qualified for the Masters Championships.

Ceres High placed first at the WAC Year-End Tournament on April 30.

"We faced stiffer competition this week," Ceres High coach Scott Smith said.

Gary Condit led the Bulldogs with a 6-over-par 78.

He finished sixth overall.

Gary secured an individual berth to the Masters.

"I posted a good number," he said. "I could have done better."

"He wouldn't have shot that if he didn't play there the week before," Smith said. "He did his homework. He knew where not to hit the ball."

Condit and former Ceres High/Stanislaus State golf star Ryan Thornberry played a practice round in Merced on May 4.

Gary struggled while firing an 89.

"I can't thank him (Ryan) enough for what he's done for me," Condit said. "I'm very lucky and blessed to know him. I can get his opinion on anything."

Jayden Panyanouvong , Visanoukone Homsombath , Jake Nevarez and Braden Hurst shot 90, 103, 105 and 113, respectively, at Divisionals.

Central Valley's Thomas Carrillo carded a 102.

"We didn't shoot what we shot the week before," Smith said. "If we would have, we would have qualified for Masters."

Ceres High continued its run of excellence in conference play this spring.

The Bulldogs claimed their third straight WAC overall championship.

"Our main goal was to win league and we did that," Condit said.

"There's more pressure amongst themselves," Smith said. "They try to beat each other. That helps you team-wise."

Condit, Panyanouvong, Homsombath, Hurst and Diego Fernandez will return to the team next year.

The Bulldogs will compete in the new-look WAC.

Ceres High will face Los Banos, Pacheco, Beyer, Grace Davis, Johansen, Lathrop and Mountain House.

"We're only graduating one senior," Smith said. "We'll compete for the title."

"Playing Modesto schools is a bigger challenge," Condit added.