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Thornberry finishes fifth
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Ceres High grad Ryan Thornberry placed fifth in a field of 72 at the Modesto City Golf Championship this past weekend.

Thornberry, a senior and three-time All-American selection at Cal State Stanislaus, finished with an even-par 144 total at the two-day tournament.

He carded a 3-over-par 75 in the final round at Dryden Park Golf Course on Sunday.

"It could have been a lot worse," Thornberry said.

Thornberry double bogeyed the second and fourth holes.

"I got off to a bad start," he said. "I had a ball get stuck in a tree and I hit a ball out of bounds a couple holes later. Other than that, I did okay."

Thornberry finished strong with a birdie on the 16th and eagle on the 18th.

"I never gave up the entire day," he said. "I felt like I could get something going. There were still a lot of holes to play."

Thornberry fired a 3-under-par 69 for a share of the lead with Jeff Coffey, Bryan Hunt, Jesse Contreras and Jason Snyder in the opening round at Modesto Creekside Golf Course on Saturday.

"I played pretty solid," he said. "I didn't have any bogeys. I made a few good par saves."

Thornberry and 167 other players will be vying for the 90th Southwestern Amateur Championship at Talking Stick Golf Course in Scottsdale, Arizona this week. The tournament started on Tuesday and ends on Friday. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier