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Sonora, Oakdale top Central Valley
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The Central Valley High girls golf team dropped its Valley Oak League opener, 191-285, to Sonora on Aug. 30 at River Oaks Golf Course in Ceres.

"We lost by almost 100. And I feel pretty good about how things went," said Central Valley coach Mike Holliday. "Every single girl on the team played better than I anticipated. Five of them have never played a round of golf in their lives."

Gina Burke, the No. 3 golfer for the Hawks, carded a 24-over-par 51.

"She had the best round," Holliday said. "She could have shot a better score if she putted better."

Teammates Lucy Perez, Danae Richardson, Christian Magdaleno and Sierra Barker shot 57, 58, 59 and 60, respectively.

Kelly Adams, Katie Adams and Rori Rodriguez posted 36s for the Wildcats. Amber Allen-Johnson and Julie London shot 39 and 44, respectively.

Oakdale defeated Central Valley 281-392 on Thursday at Oakdale Country Club. The match lasted 31/2 hours.

"It was an eye-opener for them," Holliday said. "The length of the course was very tough. None of the girls hit for distance yet. There was also hills and water."

Magdaleno led the Hawks with a 34-over-par 70.

Burke fired a 71.

Perez, Richardson and Rikki Windemuller all earned a maximum score of 81.

"They stuck it out and finished it," Holliday said. "They were tired afterwards."

The Hawks (0-2) play twice this week. They'll face the Sierra Timberwolves at Manteca Parks Golf Course today and Buhach Colony Thunder at River Oaks Golf Course tomorrow.

Both VOL matches begin at 3:30 p.m.

"We're going to have trouble matching up with everybody this year because they have more experience," Holliday said.

"Nobody else is playing with sophomores and freshmen." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier