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Wilcox had an outstanding career
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It wasn't supposed to end like this.

Ceres High senior Nick Wilcox missed qualifying for the Sac-Joaquin Section Boys Golf Championship by four strokes. He carded a 10-over-par 82 at the sub-section tournament at the Ranch Course at Diablo Grande in Patterson on May 9.

Wilcox shot an 8-over 44 on the back nine. He had triple bogeys on the 14 and 15.

"I didn't play to my ability," said Wilcox, who tied for 14th with seven other players in a field of 90. "I wasn't prepared."

Wilcox modified his swing prior to competing in the section tournament. That decision was made after taking lessons.

"I should have stuck to my swing I had before," he said.

League MVP

Wilcox had a phenomenal regular season.

He was named Modesto Metro Conference Co-Most Valuable Player after leading the Bulldogs to a second-place tie with the Johansen Vikings at 10-5.

"I'm happy with being MVP. But I'm not pleased with my whole season," Wilcox said. "I could have done a lot better."

WIlcox averaged 37.2 strokes per round in league.

His lowest score was a 2-under-par 34 during a 210-211 victory over Johansen at Dryden Park Golf Course.

Wilcox placed third at the MMC tournament.

"Nick didn't have any scores over 40 (in league)," said Ceres coach Butch Mendonca. "He was the only kid that did that."

Impressive resume

Wilcox had an outstanding high-school golf career.

The four-year starter earned first-team, all-league honors as a junior, sophomore and freshman.

He made it to the section tourney during his sophomore year.

"He's right up there on top with the best I've had," Mendonca said.

The future

Wilcox will play for the Modesto Junior College men's golf team this fall. Wilcox will reunite with 2004 Ceres High graduate and 2005 Central Valley Conference Most Valuable Player Ben Martinez. Wilcox and Martinez were teammates for three years in high school.

"I'm really looking forward to JC," Wilcox said. "Hopefully, I can get a scholarship to a Division I university."

If Wilcox remains dedicated, he shouldn't have any trouble generating interest.

"He loves the game. And works hard at it," Mendonca said. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier