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Pfaff leads Ceres High at Masters
Ceres Highs varsity girls golf program will lose three starters to graduation, including Brittany Turnbow. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity girls golf squad participated in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament for the first time in program history.

The Bulldogs finished 14th overall with a team score of 534 while competing on The Reserve at Spanos Park on Nov. 3 in Stockton.

Oak Ridge (420), Davis (427) and Turlock (437) placed first, second and third, respectively.

"It was a very nice way to end the season," said Randy Cerny, fifth-year head coach of the Bulldogs. "We enjoyed the experience. We knew it was going to be difficult moving on against that competition."

Caitlin Pfaff led the Bulldogs with a 24-over-par 96.

Erica Hogner (102), Abigail Nou (108), Brittany Turnbow (111) and Hannah Smith (117) rounded out Ceres High's scorecard.

Central Valley junior Janita Vongphoumy shot a 14-over-par 86 at Masters.

"Our goal to start the season off was to win the league," Cerny said. "We didn't know we'd go undefeated. We knew we had the depth going into the Section tournament to do well. Being runner-up was a pleasant surprise. Being able to go to Masters was icing on the cake for the girls. They played great golf."

The Bulldogs accomplished several firsts this year.

Ceres High advanced to Masters.

The Bulldogs brought home a second-place plaque from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament.

Ceres High won all 12 of its WAC dual matches. Ceres High placed first at the league's mid-season and year-end events.

The Bulldogs also secured their fifth straight playoff berth.

"We reached our goals," Cerny said. "It was a lot of fun."

The Bulldogs have amassed a 48-12 record in WAC play and qualified for the playoffs five times under Cerny's guidance.

Ceres High didn't field teams in 2008 and 2007 due to a lack of interest.

Pfaff, Hogner and Turnbow will graduate in June.

Nou, Smith, Monika Ramirez and Savannah Beltran will return to the team.

"We had some very good golfers come along at the very right time," Cerny said. "I just made sure they functioned as the team. You got to give Greg Silva at River Oaks some credit. The bottom line is the team wins."