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Condit wins conference MVP golf award
Sophomore Gary Condit had another productive season with Ceres Highs varsity boys golf program. Condit was named Most Valuable Player of the Western Athletic Conference. - photo by DALE BUTLER/Courier file photo

Gary Condit finished second in the race for the 2016 Western Athletic Conference Varsity Boys Golf Most Valuable Player award.

The Ceres High sophomore won the major honor decisively this spring.

"Not getting MVP last year put a chip on his shoulder," Bulldogs' head coach Abel Maestas said. "That was his goal and he did it. He was miles ahead of the other players."

Condit was the top player on the top team in the WAC for the second year in a row.

Ceres High successfully defended its conference title thanks to the play of Condit, senior James Cervantez, junior Jake Nevarez, sophomore Jayden Panyanouvong, sophomore Braden Hurst and senior Zac Chapman.

The Bulldogs won all six league cluster meets and took first at the WAC year-end tournament.
Cervantez, Nevarez, Panyanouvong and Hurst all earned first-team all-league honors.

"It just goes to show you how dominant we were this year and how good this team was," Maestas said. "I give all of the credit to the boys. I couldn't ask for a better team."

"We just love the game and winning," Condit added.

Gary learned how to play golf at River Oaks.

"I have to thank the Thornberry and Hall families for allowing me to hit balls out there and perfect my game," he said. "My dad's helped me, too. He always keeps me focused."

His father Chad played for Ceres High's Golden Valley League championship golf teams his senior and freshman years.

"I've been playing golf pretty much my whole life," Gary said. "My dad put a club in my hand when I was nine months old. I've always wanted to be better than him. I finally tied him in league championships. I'm still chasing (former Ceres High boys golf standout) Ryan Thornberry."

Condit took a year off from basketball during the 2016-17 school year to focus on golf.

Gary's dedication paid off as he won the WAC MVP award in decisive fashion.

Condit shot a 3-over-par-75 to lead all golfers at the conference year-end tourney.

He also placed first in 2016.

"He spends a lot of his time golfing," Maestas said. "He's relentless. He's always trying to figure out what he can do to become better."

Added Condit: "It's a great game."