The Ceres High varsity boys golf team’s reign of supremacy against Western Athletic Conference competition came to an end last week.
The Bulldogs fell short in their quest for a fourth straight WAC overall championship.
Ceres High posted a team score of 501 en route to a third-place finish at the conference’s year-end tournament on April 29 at Diablo Grande.
Los Banos (484) claimed the team title.
Johansen (494) placed second.
Johansen, Los Banos and Ceres High finished first, second and third, respectively, in the WAC’s overall standings.
“Personally, I wish we would have done better as a team."Gary Condit
“Personally, I wish we would have done better as a team,” Bulldogs’ senior standout Gary Condit said. “If we would have come in first (at the WAC season-ending tourney), we would have been co-champs with Johansen. We almost got it done. Winning its three years in a row, there was more pressure this time. It was an uphill battle all year. It’s hard when you have a young team. We also lost Braden Hurst. That was a big hit.”
Condit continued his run of dominance versus league opponents.
He placed first at the WAC Year-End Tournament for the fourth year in a row.
“When you have a chance to do something really special, that adds extra motivation and determination to get it done,” Condit said.
Condit shot a 3-over-par 75.
He birdied three of the course’s four par-5 holes.
“I hit a lot of fairways and greens,” Condit said.
Bulldog teammate Jayden Panyanouvong finished second overall with an 85.
Visanoukone Homsombath, Haydon Swanson and Dylan Grubeck shot 94, 121 and 126, respectively.
Ceres High did keep its streak of consecutive playoff appearances alive.
The Bulldogs qualified for the postseason for the ninth year in a row.
“Not all teams get a chance to go to playoffs every year,” Condit said. “That’s something me and my teammates are proud of. We also won three (WAC) titles. We left a cool legacy at Ceres High School.”