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CV, CHS golfers finish season
Kaylee Almanza
Kaylee Almanza represented Central Valley’s girls golf team at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III Tournament last week. - photo by Dale Butler

Senior Kaylee Almanza suited up for Central Valley High School’s girls golf team for the final time this past week.

Ceres High sophomores Brooke Trio, Allison Lewis and Hailey Tsurui concluded their seasons.

Almanza fired a 135 at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III Tournament, staged on Oct. 25, at Micke Grove Golf Links in Lodi.

Trio, Lewis and Tsurui shot 109, 112 and 120, respectively, while representing the Bulldogs at the Division-IV Championships on Oct. 24 at Mather Golf Course in Sacramento.

“I’m pretty happy with the way they finished,” Ceres High head coach Ron Edwards said. “They deserved to go to Divisionals because they’ve been working hard all year. They pushed each other.”

“It was a pretty cool experience for her (Almanza),” Central Valley leader Kelly Wheelock said. “When you get to Divisionals, it’s a whole another level. She didn’t play as well as she wanted to. But she competed. With her being a senior, it was nice to see her hard work pay off.”

A four-year golfer at Central Valley, Almanza earned her first-ever berth to Divisionals this fall.

She fired a 125 at the Central California Conference End-of-Season Tournament on Oct. 17 at Merced Golf & Country Club.

Almanza joined rare company as only a handful of players from her high school have qualified for Divisionals. She secured one of the CCC’s six individual spots.

Trio, Tsurui, Allison Lewis and senior Alysabeth Marquez secured individual berths to Divisionals.

Trio, Tsurui, Lewis posted rounds of 114, 116 and 117, respectively, at the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Oct. 18 at Dryden Park.

Marquez, who posted the second-best score at league finals with an 87, did not compete at Divisionals due to a family commitment.

“It was different not having Alysabeth out there,” Edwards said. “I think she could have advanced to Masters again. The last two to three weeks, things we’re clicking right.”

Marquez, Trio and Lewis earned individual berths to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament in 2021. 

“They exceeded my expectations,” Edwards said. “I’m really proud of each one of them.”

Edwards expects Trio, Lewis and Tsurui to play even better during the 2023 campaign.

“They know what they’re up against now,” Edwards said. “They know what they need to work on. One or two of them might go to Masters next year.”