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CHS golfers challenge powerhouse Central Catholic
Raiders escape with nine-stroke victory
Hannah Smith helped Ceres Highs varsity girls golf team secure a split in WAC play last week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Catholic High School's varsity girls golf team reached a major milestone last week when it notched its 100th straight dual win.

The Raiders, winners of 11 league titles the past 13 years, secured their 99th consecutive victory on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

First-place Central Catholic edged out second-place Ceres High, 199-208, in Western Athletic Conference play on the front-nine course at Modesto's Dryden Park.

The Bulldogs (6-2) fell nine strokes shy of ending the Raiders' amazing streak. First-place Central Catholic (8-0) has won all seven of its meetings versus Ceres High since both schools started competing in the WAC four years ago.

"I'm very happy," Ceres High head coach Randy Cerny said. "That's the closest anyone has come to beating Central Catholic at their home course in the last five seasons. We could have won that match if a couple of the girls played a shade better. It was close. My girls aren't intimidated by CC. A lot of teams are."

Caitlin Pfaff, 2012 WAC MVP, paced the Bulldogs with a 9-over-par 46 .

Ceres High teammates Brittany Turnbow, Erica Hogner and Abigail Nou shot 51, 52 and 59, respectively.

Lexi Abbate carded a 6-over-par 43 to lead the Raiders.

Central Catholic teammates Emily Raspo, Courtney Kim and Danielle Heath finished with identical rounds of 52.

The Bulldogs secured their sixth win of the season on Thursday.

Pfaff fired a season-best 2-over-par 29 as Ceres High topped Livingston 142-160 at on the front-nine course at River Oaks.

Hogner and Hannah Smith had 37s.

Turnbow rounded out the Bulldogs' lineup with a 39.