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Daoheung leads CV in girls golf
•Amelia takes second at CCC Mid-Year event
Esmeralda Lopez
Esmeralda Lopez shot a career-best 121 at the Central California Conference Mid-Season Tournament on Thursday at Rancho Del Rey Golf Club in Atwater.

Central Valley High School varsity girls golf standout Amelia Daoheung didn’t play her best at the Central California Conference Mid-Season Tournament but still managed to finish second overall in the individual standings.

She shot a 31-over-par 103 at Rancho Del Rey Golf Club last Thursday in Atwater.

“I’m very unhappy with how I played,” said Daoheung, who calls herself her own worst critic. “I could have done way better. My putting and chipping were okay. My driving was off on a couple of holes.”

“She could have won by five strokes. She left a lot of shots out there.”
Coach Kelly Wheelock on Amelia Daoheung.

“She could have won by five strokes,” head coach Kelly Wheelock said. “She left a lot of shots out there.”

Daoheung was edged out by one stroke for the second time this year by Merced’s Lauren Palumbo.

“It really doesn’t faze me at all,” she said. “I know I can do better in the future.”

The CCC Mid-Season Tournament got underway at 9:15 a.m. and ended at 2:30 p.m.

“The course is really challenging,” she said. “The back nine is way harder than the front nine. There’s more water, tons of trees and one long hole.”

Hawk teammates Esmeralda Lopez, Lina Bernal and Lucia Bernal posted rounds of 121, 140 and 152, respectively.

Lopez turned in a career-best performance.

She improved by more than 18 strokes.

“She’s playing with more confidence and having fun,” Wheelock said. 

Merced took first in the team standings.

El Capitan, Golden Valley, Patterson, Atwater and Buhach Colony placed second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Central Valley was last.

“We usually have five girls play, which is enough to post a team score,” Daoheung said. “But one of them couldn’t play today. It’s a little disappointing.”

The Hawks compiled a 2-4 record while tying for fourth play during the first half of the conference’s dual season.

Central Valley will begin the second half of CCC play this week.

“I feel like we will improve because we’ve been working on our weaknesses as a team,” Daoheung said. “Practice will help a lot.”

Daoheung finished fifth in the CCC’s overall individual standings last fall.

She earned first-team all-league honors for the second year in a row.

“I’m a very competitive person,” she said. “I don’t like to show emotion when I play golf. I’ve always been like that. It’s a mental game.”