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Prep golfers ready to shine
Anthony Bonales nearly achieved all of his goals during his freshman season with Central Valley High School's varsity boys golf program in 2011.

Ian Couture played a major role in Ceres High's team success last spring.

Bonales and Couture once again fill the No. 1 spots in the starting lineups for the Hawks and Bulldogs, respectively.

"Ian will be right there at the top of league again," Bulldogs head coach Scott Smith said. "He's a solid player."

Said Hawks head coach Mike Holliday: "Anthony will play even better than last year."

Bonales, who is now a sophomore, just missed securing a berth to NorCals a season ago. He tied for fourth place at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament and saw his season come to an end after losing a five-man playoff. Anthony tied for third at Divisionals. He won the Western Athletic Conference title and MVP award.

"I'm glad with what I did last year," Bonales said. "But I still have to get better as a player. I'm more mentally ready for golf this season. I have a lot more confidence. That makes a huge difference."

Couture, a junior, was the fourth-best player in the WAC last year. Ian helped lead the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish at the conference tournament championship and their first Divisional team berth since 2004.