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CV star wins pair of golf events
Hawk Janita Vongphoumy won back-to-back tournaments in a six-day span. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School varsity girls golf standout Janita Vongphoumy won a pair of tournaments in a span of six days.

"She's exceptional at what she does," Hawks head coach Kelly Wheelock said.

Vongphoumy fired a 10-over-par 82 while finishing in first place at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament on Monday at Sierra Vista Country Club.

"It's a big deal," Hawks head coach Kelly Wheelock said.

Wheelock and Vongphoumy departed for Roseville just after 8 in the morning.

Janita returned from visiting family in Las Vegas seven hours earlier.

"She got a couple hours of sleep," Wheelock said. "She wasn't feeling well. She had a cough. I felt bad for her. I knew once we got there, and she got warmed up, she would compete. She didn't make excuses or feel sorry for herself."

Vongphoumy placed first at the WAC Year-End tournament for the second consecutive season.

"Repeating at anything is tough to do," Wheelock said. "I'm super excited for her. I don't think the WAC has seen a golfer as good as Janita. That's my opinion."

Vongphoumy shot an 11-over-par 83 at the WAC tourney, which was staged on the Ranch Course at Diablo Grande on Oct. 20.

She topped runner-up Morgan Pimentel of Los Banos by 11 strokes.

"That was her closest competitor," Wheelock said. "They do everything well. When they play together, they push each other. It's fun to watch."

Janita advanced to Masters for the second straight season.