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Local golfers compete at Divisionals
Central Valleys varsity girls golf team had three individuals compete at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Championships last month in Placerville, including senior Emily Almanza (pictured). - photo by DALE BUTLER/Courier file photo

Central Valley's varsity girls golf team sent a program-record three players to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Championships this past month in Placerville.

Freshman Amelia Daoheung shot a 103 while finishing 14th in the individual standings on Oct. 23 at Cold Springs Golf and Country Club.

"It was my first time playing on that course," said Daoheung, who played 18 holes the day before at Creekside in Modesto to prepare for the tournament. "It was challenging. The greens were fast. I had fun. I wasn't intimidated."

Amelia fell short of her goal.

"I was pretty surprised with where I finished," she said. "I didn't think I did that good. I was not happy with how I played. I expected to perform better. My expectation was to shoot in the 90s."

Seniors Paulina Diaz and Emily Almanza wrapped up their prep golf careers with Central Valley last week.

"I was happy they qualified for Divisionals, too," Daoheung said. "It's their last year. I wanted to spend more time with them."

Diaz and Almanza posted rounds of 139 and 149, respectively.

Paulina, a second-year player, finished 34th overall.

Emily, a four-year player, took 37th.

"It was my first time qualifying for Divisionals," Diaz said. "It was a good opportunity to play against better competition. It was a fun experience. I should have shot a lower score."

Ceres High sophomore Ariana Medina carded a 135 on her way to a 32nd-place finish.