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CV golf star defends her title
Janita Vongphoumy

Central Valley High School varsity girls golf standout Janita Vongphoumy placed first at the Western Athletic Conference Mid-Season Tournament for the second year in a row.

Vongphoumy carded a 75 while leading the Hawks to a fourth-place finish at the seven-team event, staged on Wednesday at Diablo Grande.

"There are some good golfers out there," Central Valley head coach Kelly Wheelock said. "She's pretty consistent. Her approach to the game is serious. She puts in the work. She'll have a shot at playing at the next level."

Central Valley teammates Else Smith (125), Paulina Diaz (140) and Emily Almanza (148) placed 15th, 21st and 25th, respectively, in the individual standings.

"That's the toughest course the girls will play on all year," Wheelock said.

The Hawks finished behind El Capitan (407), Livingston (434) and Ceres High (456).

Los Banos (495) took fifth.

Patterson (496) and Pacheco (496) tied for sixth.

"I figured we'd be somewhere around there," Wheelock said. "The last couple of years, we finished in the bottom two spots. The girls are putting extra work in. It's paying off."

Abigail Nou led the Bulldogs as she carded a 94 en route to a 14th-place finish.

Monika Ramirez (11th place, 116), Hannah Smith (12th, 117) and Savanah Beltran (16th, 129) rounded out Ceres High's scorecard.

Vongphoumy posted a perfect 6-0 record during the first half of the WAC dual-meet season.

A transfer from Rhode Island, Janita made a name for herself during her first season with the Hawks last fall.

She fired a 14-over-par 86 while finishing in the top 15 at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament.

The event featured 108 competitors.

Vongphoumy made history by becoming the first female golfer from Central Valley to advance to Masters.

Janita posted the fourth-best score (85) at Divisionals.

She shot a 7-over-par 79 while capturing the title at the WAC Year-End Tournament.

Vongphoumy was also named the conference's Most Valuable Player.

"All of the other golfers like her," Wheelock said. "She's very cordial. She's a silent, but intense competitor."

Vongphoumy topped Los Banos' Morgan Pimentel by five strokes at the 2015 WAC mid-year tournament.

"Her score could have been better," Wheelock said. "She missed a few putts."