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Warn leads Ceres past Downey
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MODESTO -- Jeff Warn usually plays in the No. 2 slot for the Ceres High boys golf team. The senior was moved to No. 5 in the lineup against Downey on Thursday at Modesto Municipal Golf Course.

Warn shot a 3-over-par 38 to lead the Bulldogs to a 212-214 victory over the Knights.

"I wanted a good score coming in at the end," said Ceres coach Butch Mendonca. "And that's what happened."

The win helped Ceres (7-4) remain in a third-place tie with Grace Davis in the Modesto Metro Conference standings at 5-4. The Knights fell to 2-7 in the MMC standings.

Downey almost defeated first-place Beyer on Tuesday, April 5. The Knights barely lost by three strokes, 219-222, to the Bulldogs at Modesto Creekside Golf Course in March.

"Downey's improved," Mendonca said.

Warn had one birdie, four pars and four bogeys during the most recent meeting.

Freshman Ron Fry, Ceres' No. 6 player, had two pars, three bogeys, three double bogeys and one triple bogey en route to firing a 12-over-par 47.

"Jeff sealed it for us," Mendonca said. "And Ron's score helped too."

Nick Wilcox, Ceres' top player, shot a 4-over-par 39. He had seven pars, one bogey and one triple bogey. Wilcox had to take a triple bogey after losing his ball on the No. 2 hole.

Chad Jantz and Bobby McFarlane both shot a 44 for the Bulldogs.

Jantz, Ceres' No. 3 player, had two pars, five bogeys and two double bogeys.

McFarlane, Ceres' No. 4 player, had three pars, four bogeys, one double bogey and one triple bogey.

Kevin Smith led the Knights with a 6-over-par 41. Zach Mucha and Brooks Morris both had a 42. Mike Ryan and Ryan Jackson shot a 43 and 46, respectively.

Dawgs edge Spartans

Grace Davis edged Ceres High via tiebreaker on March 10 at Modesto Muni. The Bulldogs got revenge on Tuesday, April 6.

With Wilcox, McFarlane and Jantz leading the way, Ceres defeated the Spartans by three strokes, 214-217, at Modesto Dryden Park Golf Course.

"It was good for us to get a win especially because we didn't play very good," Mendonca said.

Wilcox shot a 1-over-par 37. He had two birdies, four pars and three bogeys.

"He was 2-under after four holes," Mendonca said. "Then he made three bogeys in a row."

McFarlane shot a 6-over-par 42. He had one birdie, two pars, five bogeys and one double bogey.

Jantz shot a 7-over-par 43. He had five pars, two bogeys, one double bogey and one triple bogey.

Warn and Tyler Smith finished with a 45 and 47, respectively.

Warn had two pars, five bogeys and two double bogeys.

Aaron Devenport led the Spartans with a 1-over-par 37. Andrew Lark and Will Bossard both shot a 42. Jeremy Hicks and Kevin Drake finished with a 46 and 50, respectively. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier