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Dawgs conclude golf season
CHS posts team score of 528 en route to 6th at D-IV tournament
Ceres Highs Jacob Langan shot a 112 at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament earlier this month in Chowchilla. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's youth-laden varsity boys golf program wrapped up the 2015 campaign with a sixth-place finish at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament on May 4 in Chowchilla.

The Bulldogs posted a team score of 528 at Pheasant Run Golf Course.

Ceres High shot a 504 on its way to a fourth-place finish at the Western Athletic Conference Year-End Tournament on the same course on April 28.

"I'm pleased with where we finished," Bulldogs head coach Dave Fry said. "It was a tough field. We beat El Capitan. We didn't finish in last place. We're an extremely young team. It's baby steps for us. I want to win a blue section banner. We're on the cusp."

The Division-IV tournament featured seven teams as Placer (395), Lincoln (441), Los Banos (470), El Dorado (479) and Union Mine (484) placed first, second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

El Capitan (540) was last.

Los Banos, Ceres High and El Capitan represented the Western Athletic Conference in the playoffs.

Placer and Lincoln advanced to the Masters competition.

James Cervantez led the Bulldogs with a 23-over-par 95.

Cervantez carded a 105 at Pheasant Run a week earlier.

"He played with some really good golfers," Fry said. "It forced him to reach down deep and step up."

Zac Chapman (102), Jake Nevarez (106), Jacob Langan (112) and Brenden Koch (113) rounded out Ceres High's scorecard.

The Bulldogs qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs on the strength of their third-place finish in the WAC overall standings and 2-0 head-to-head record versus Livingston.

Ceres High compiled a 9-3 record en route to a runner-up finish during the conference dual season.

"We got to get ourselves tournament ready," Fry said. "I didn't have the funding for it this year. I will next year."

The Bulldogs could return as many as 12 players from this season's team next spring, including Cervantez (So.), Chapman (So.), Langan (So.), Nevarez (Fr.), Brendan Koch (So.), Blake Bruton (So.), Kobe Daoheung (Fr.), Zachary Smith (So.), Eric Davis (So.), Colton Beard (Fr.), Isaac Garcia (Fr.) and Caden Hoback (Fr.). "No one is guaranteed a spot in 2016," Fry said. "Everyone starts over from square one. The kids know what I expect."