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Dawgs remain in first in WAC
CHS maintains three-point lead over Patterson
Ceres Highs varsity boys golf team is enjoying another success-filled season. The Bulldogs finished in second place at the Oakdale Cup on March 6. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Ceres High's varsity boys golf team beat Patterson, Los Banos, Livingston, Pacheco and Central Valley for the third time in Western Athletic Conference play this year last week.

The Bulldogs posted a team score of 427 while finishing in first place during the WAC's third cluster tournament on Thursday in Chowchilla.

Patterson, Los Banos, Livingston, Pacheco and Central Valley shot 490, 545, 546, 583 and 587, respectively.

"We could have played better today," Ceres High head coach Abel Maestas said. "We had some high scores."

Bulldog sophomore Gary Condit shot a 5-over-par 77 at Pheasant Run Golf Course.

"He's been very consistent this season," Maestas said. "He's worked on mastering the mental part of the game."

Sophomore Jayden Panyanouvong, junior Jake Nevarez, sophomore Braden Hurst and senior James Cervantez chipped in with scores of 79, 84, 89 and 98.

"My guys have talent," Maestas said. "Sometimes, they lack focus. We need to focus on getting better."

Reigning-champion Ceres High (15 points) has a slim lead over second-place Patterson (12) in the 2017 WAC standings.

Livingston (eight), Los Banos (seven), Pacheco (two) and Central Valley (one) currently sit in third, fourth, fifth and sixth place.

Results from five additional tournaments will determine the conference champion.

"It would take a pretty bad day all the way around for us to lose one of these matches," Maestas said.

Freshman Jacob Hendrix paced the crosstown-rival Hawks with a 108.

Junior Efrain Garcia (114), freshman Thomas Carrillo (114), senior Johnny Velazquez (125) and freshman Kadin Richardson (126) rounded out Central Valley's scorecard.

CHS fifth in Turlock
Ceres High placed fifth in a field of 19 at the Turlock Crosstown Cup on Monday at Turlock Golf & Country Club.

The Bulldogs (237) finished behind Turlock (220), Oakdale (227), El Capitan (227) and Buhach Colony (235).

"We want to see competition like that to prepare for sections," Maestas said.

Condit shot a 5-over-par 77 en route to taking first during stroke play.

Gary bested the top golfers from 18 other schools.

"He's got such great skill," Maestas said. "It's really impressive."

Cervantez and Zach Chapman combined to shoot 79 during scramble play.

Panyanouvong and Nevarez posted an 81 while teaming up.

Ceres High took second at the Oakdale Cup earlier this season.

The Bulldogs placed fifth in 2016.

"We're playing well," Maestas said. "Our team is improving from last year."