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Hawk teammates Daoheung, Lopez earn CCC honors
Amelia Daoheung and Esmeralda Lopez
Central Valley’s Amelia Daoheung won the Central California Conference Most Valuable Player award. Hawk teammate Esmeralda Lopez was selected to the CCC Second Team. - photo by Dale Butler

Junior Amelia Daoheung has improved each season while filling the top spot in the Central Valley varsity girls golf team’s lineup.

Daoheung made program history this fall by becoming just the second Hawk female player to earn league Most Valuable Player honors.

She follows in the footsteps of Janita Vongphoumy, who was named Western Athletic Conference MVP her junior and senior years.

Daoheung won the 2019 CCC MVP award.

Hawk senior Esmeralda Lopez garnered second-team all-league recognition.

“I’ve done something really good for my school, myself and all the people that support me,” Daoheung said. “I’ve definitely surprised myself. I never thought I’d be capable of doing the things I’ve done.”

“I’m proud of her because she’s improved a lot,” Central Valley head coach Kelly Wheelock said. “The numbers show she’s the best golfer in the league. I don’t think she understands how good she can be.”

Daoheung turned in a career-best performance while claiming the championship at the Central California Conference End-Of-Season Tournament.

She shot a 93 at Rancho Del Rey Golf Course.

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.

“I surprised myself by shooting that well,” Daoheung said. “I didn’t overthink my shots. My mindset holds me back sometimes. I did feel pressure. I wanted to win for others, not just myself. My parents, family and coach have faith in me.”

Lopez fired a 124 at the CCC Championships.

She earned conference honors for the first time in her career.

“I’m happy for her,” Wheelock said. “She really deserves it. She’s improved more than any golfer I’ve had the last eight years I’ve been doing this. She was a player-coach on the course. That’s why I called her mama bear.”