Senior Amelia Daoheung and sophomore Alysabeth Marquez have been named co-Most Valuable Players for the 2020-21 Western Athletic Conference South girls golf season.
Daoheung and Marquez were recognized in a vote by the league’s head coaches via Zoom on March 25.
“I’m not surprised at all,” Hawks’ head coach Kelly Wheelock said. “They both deserved to get it. They did awesome.”
“I’m happy I got MVP,” Daoheung stated. “My parents are proud of me. My coach had a big role in how I performed each year. I’m grateful he pushed me to do my best.”
“She (Marquez) played great this year,” Bulldogs’ head coach Ron Edwards said. “She (Daoheung) pushed her and made her want to get better.”
Daeheung and Marquez filled the top spots in Central Valley’s and Ceres High’s lineups, respectively.
They compiled identical 5-1 records.
Amelia and Alysabeth both beat each other once during the WAC South season.
Daoheung and Marquez are members of the First Tee program.
“Alysabeth is a really good player,” Daoheung said. “There wasn’t any added pressure competing against her. It felt like two friends playing together. We respect each other. I’ve known her for a lot of years.”
Daoheung won her second straight MVP award.
She was voted the Central California Conference’s best player as a junior.
“I wouldn’t expect anything less,” Wheelock said. “You know what she brings to the table. She’s consistent. Her demeanor is the same. She doesn’t get too flustered or excited. It’s the one thing in golf you wish everyone had.”
Daoheung will be remembered as one of Central Valley’s greatest golfers.
“I can’t believe it’s over,” she said. “The season went by so fast. I’m not ready to let go of that chapter. I experienced so much meeting new people and playing on different courses.”
“I don’t think Amelia really knows how good she can be,” Wheelock said. “She has the mindset and makeup to be a next level golfer if she chooses to do that. If she puts in the work on a daily basis, she’d excel beyond belief.”
Marquez helped lead the Bulldogs to a share of the WAC South title with a near-perfect 8-2 record.
Ceres High didn’t field a girls golf team during Marquez’s freshman year.
She suited up for the boys team, which had its season cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“She’s quiet but the competitiveness is there,” Edwards said. “You can see it in her eyes.”
“She exceeded my expectations this year,” he added. “She can only get better. It just depends on her work ethic and how much she wants to play. She knows what she’s capable of.”