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Ceres High Schools girls golf team puts finishing touches on perfect WAC season
Ceres High Schools varsity girls golf team, pictured with head coach Randy Cerny, reached record heights this season. The Bulldogs won all 12 of their Western Athletic Conference dual matches and finished first at the leagues mid-season and year-end tournaments. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity girls golf program reached unprecedented heights during the 2014 Western Athletic Conference season.

"It's historic," Bulldogs head coach Randy Cerny said. "Ceres High School has never won a league championship in girls golf. To do it in undefeated fashion is very special. We accomplished our first goal. It's a great feeling."

Ceres High won all 12 of its WAC dual matches.

The Bulldogs also placed first at the conference's mid-season and year-end tournaments.

"They truly have each other's backs," Cerny said. "They're like a family. A lot of teams don't have that togetherness. That allowed us to win the championship and go undefeated."

Ceres High put the finishing touches on a perfect league campaign last week.

The Bulldogs posted a team score of 395 on their way to a first-place finish at the WAC Year-End Tournament at Chowchilla's par-72 Pheasant Run Golf Course on Oct. 20.

Livingston (444), El Capitan (468), Pacheco (473) and Los Banos (478) placed second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Central Valley and Patterson, unable to post team scores because they both had fewer than four players, tied for sixth place.

Caitlin Pfaff led Ceres High with a 17-over-par 89 while taking second overall in the individual standings.

Bulldog teammates Erica Hogner (96), Abigail Nou (97), Hannah Smith (113), Monika Ramirez (115) and Brittany Turnbow (116) took fourth, fifth, 13th, 15th and 16th, respectively.

Central Valley's Janita Vongphoumy won the WAC title. The junior transfer from Rhode Island fired a 7-over-par 79.

Hawk teammates Arriana Ayala (131) and Else Smith (133) placed 22nd and 24th, respectively.

Los Banos' Morgan Pimentel (95), Pacheco's Jasmine Yruegas (100), Patterson's Tatianna Tafoya (102) and El Capitan's Marcelina Mariano (103) finished third, sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

"There's some good talent out there," Cerny said. "I was totally stressed. The girls played great."

Pfaff and Co. completed a practice round at Pheasant Run the Thursday leading up to the WAC Year-End tourney.

"I wanted to get them acclimated to the back nine," Cerny said.

Cerny and his team posted for a picture for the school's yearbook on Thursday afternoon.

The Bulldogs took a virtual hole-by-hole tour of Ione's Castle Oaks Golf Course afterwards in preparation for this week's Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV event.

"We have a very good chance to do well there," Cerny said. "We no longer have East Union, Oakdale and Central Catholic in our section tournament. There's still some very good talent."

In the near future, Cerny will pass out custom-made shirts and patches signifying his team's accomplishments.

"We're in the planning stage for that right now," he said. "We're going to do something special."

The Bulldogs amassed a 48-12 in WAC play and qualified for the playoffs five times since 2010.

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

"The girls have worked very hard," Cerny said.