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Pfaff wins WAC title, CHS girl golfers earn another playoff berth
Bulldogs continue winning tradition
Bulldog junior Caitlin Pfaff captured the Western Athletic Conference End-of-Year Tournament title last week. She also won the league MVP award for the second straight year. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Caitlin Pfaff, Erica Hogner, Brittany Turnbow, Brittany Turnbow and Abigail Nou helped propel Ceres High School's varsity girls golf program to a runner-up finish at the Western Athletic Conference End-of-Year Tournament on Oct. 15 at Diablo Grande.

The Bulldogs (410) finished 15 strokes behind champion Central Catholic (395).

Livingston (455), Patterson (466), Los Banos (500), Central Valley (506) and Pacheco (516) placed third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

Central Catholic, Ceres High and Livingston advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Championships.

"I'm very proud of our team and Caitlin's performance," Ceres High head coach Randy Cerny said. "By winning this tournament convincingly, it legitimizes her (Pfaff's) position as league MVP. She beat all of the girls from Central Catholic."

Pfaff carded a 91 on the Ranch Course last week en route to claiming the WAC championship.

"That's the best round she's shot at Diablo Grande," Cerny said. "She was relaxed and confident."

Caitlin won her second straight WAC Most Valuable Player award.

She finished atop the individual standings (104 points).
Pfaff was awarded 24 points for her first-place showing at the end-of-year tourney.

Central Catholic's Courtney Kim and Emily Raspo finished third (95) and fifth (100) at the league tournament. Raspo (77 points) and Kim (76 points) took second and third overall.

"I've seen improvement in her maturity," Cerny said. "As a golfer, she's more self-confident."

Hogner placed second and fourth overall. She fired a 94 at the conference tournament and totaled 73 points.

Erica earned first-team, all-conference honors.

"She played exceptionally well," Cerny said.

Turnbow, Nou, Hannah Smith and Dania Medina placed ninth (111), 11th (114), 16th (119) and 25th (132), respectively, at the conference championships.

Abigail was named to the WAC Second Team.

Central Valley senior Marlen Diaz, 13th at the league finals (116) and 15th overall (30 points), earned an individual berth to the Division-IV tournament.

Else Smith (19th, 125), Daniela Moreno (24th, 131), Macie Robinson (26th, 134), Jasmine Vega (29th, 138) and Alexandria Moreno (31st, 140) rounded out the Hawks' lineup at the conference tourney.

Ceres High's girls golf program has reached new heights under Cerny's direction.

The Bulldogs have amassed a 36-12 record in league play and advanced to the postseason four times since 2010.

"We accomplished our goal," Cerny said. "We made the playoffs and we were competitive against Central Catholic."