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CHS wins its head-to-head golf matchup v. Central Valley
Dawgs place second in conference play with 10-2 record
Brittany Turnbow and Ceres Highs varsity girls golf team handled Central Valley last week at St. Stanislaus. Turnbow fired a 9-over-par 38 as the Bulldogs prevailed by 48 strokes. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity girls golf squad is closing in on its fourth straight playoff berth.

Central Valley has yet to participate in the postseason as a team.

Vying for a major upset, the Hawks never posed a threat in losing 151-199 to the crosstown Bulldogs on Thursday at St. Stanislaus.

Ceres High has won five of its last six head-to-head matchups with Central Valley.

"The rivalry with Central Valley is not as intense as the one that has developed with Central Catholic," Bulldogs head coach Randy Cerny said. "It's more of a friendly rivalry. Our girls have a great relationship and get along well. Central Valley is well-coached. If they add two or three more good golfers, they could morph into a contender next season."

Ceres High's Caitlin Pfaff led all golfers with a 4-over-par 33 this past week.

Brittany Turnbow and Erica Hogner chipped in with scores of 38 and 39, respectively, against the Hawks.

Hannah Smith carded a 41.

Central Valley's Daniela Moreno fired an 18-over-par 47 to lead Central Valley.

Marlen Diaz and Georgina Salgado had identical rounds of 50.

Else Smith (52) also contributed.

The second-place Bulldogs improved to 10-2 in the WAC.

The sixth-place Hawks (2-10) closed out the WAC regular season on Monday with a home loss against undefeated Central Catholic (12-0).

Ceres High defeated Central Valley 145-188 at River Oaks on Sept. 12.

"We never take them lightly," Cerny said.