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Daoheung first at CCC Tournament
• CV girls golf team fifth place at league tournament
Amelia Daoheung group
Central Valley’s varsity girls golf team placed fifth at the CCC End-Of-Season Tournament. Amelia Daoheung, pictured second from left, won the individual title.

Central Valley varsity girls golf standout Amelia Daoheung turned in a career-best performance while claiming the championship at the Central California Conference End-Of-Season Tournament on Oct. 15 in Atwater.

“I’m proud of myself,” the junior said. “I don’t feel different.”

“It’s a big deal,” head coach Kelly Wheelock said. “I’m not surprised. Her hard work paid off.”

Daoheung shot a 93 at Rancho Del Rey Golf Course.

“I could have done way better,” said Daoheung, who was critical of her own performance. “My putting cost me at least 10 strokes.”

“She could have shot in the 80s,” Wheelock said. “I saw her three-putt at least three times within 10 feet.”

Daoheung won the CCC title by eight strokes.

She avenged a pair of losses to Merced’s Lauren Palumbo, who fired a 101 at the conference finals.

“She won by a landslide,” Wheelock said. “It wasn’t even close.”

“My goal was to break 100,” Daoheung added.

Hawk teammates Esmeralda Lopez (Sr.), Lina Bernal (So.), Sayra Rodriguez (Jr.) and Lucia Bernal (Fr.) shot 124, 130, 137 and 151, respectively.

Central Valley posted a team score of 635 en route to a fifth-place finish at the CCC Finals.

Merced (539) captured the team title.

El Capitan (563), Atwater (597) and Golden Valley (626) finished second, third and fourth, respectively.

The Hawks finished ahead of Patterson (655) and Buhach Colony (688).

“All of my girls shot pretty well,” Wheelock said.

Daoheung earned her third straight trip to Divisionals.

Lopez qualified for the first time after falling short by less than two strokes as a junior.

 “I’m happy for Esme,” Wheelock said. “She knew what she needed to do to get better and put in the work. She’s improved more than any other golfer I’ve coached the last eight years.”

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Central Valley junior Amelia Daoheung shot a career-best 93 while finishing in first place at the CCC End-Of-Season Tournament this past week in Atwater. - photo by DALE BUTLER/ Courier file photo