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Area golf teams hoping to make season memorable

Area golf teams hoping to make season memorable

Craig Segers and the Turlock High boys golf team hope to earn their eighth consecutive Central California Conference title this season.

POSTED March 4, 2011 11:08 p.m.

The theme for the high school boys golf teams is this: Keep getting better, keep climbing up.

Turlock High is making a run for its eighth Central California Conference title under the Smith era and new coach Jason Boswell.

Pitman High looks to build its team chemistry while being led by Troy Bennett, who had a strong performance at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament last season.

Turlock Christian is looking for another league title, this time with a well-experienced group.

And Hilmar is coming off a banner season.

This will be the last season for Turlock’s Paul Smith, who’s the younger brother of USC standout Sam Smith. Paul will play for the Cal State Stanislaus men’s golf team after graduating. But before doing that, he will once again take on the role as leader, seeing that he’s a returning NorCal finalist. He and the Bulldogs will look to capture their eighth league title, a streak that goes back to Sam’s first season at Turlock High.

“We are counting on Paul Smith to be our leader,” said Boswell about his senior, who will get support from the likes of returner Tyler Gomes and freshman Teo Chiesa. “We expect to compete for a league title. This year’s league has very good teams from top to bottom. With having some success in the past, we need to be on top of our game when competing against teams in our league.”

The Pride also look to be competitive. They return Bennett, who’s a Masters Tournament qualifier. For the most part, Pitman will be a young group that hopes to get better and better as the season goes on.

“As far as where we will be at the end of the season, anything is possible,” Pitman coach Matt Jeans said. “The past couple of years we have been in the middle of the pack and surged through at the end to go on to playoffs. It is very possible that we move on again this year.”

Turlock Christian is always a contender for a league championship, and it’s no different this season. The Eagles return a bevy of talented players, including seniors Kathleen Rojas and Chase Ulrich, junior Kyle Cederlind and sophomore Esther Rojas. The Rojas’ compete on the boys team because TC does not have a girls program.

The Eagles expect to have Ben Paris and Kaylyn King also play important roles.

“There’s a lot of good competition for the top spot,” Turlock Christian coach Jeff Cederlind said. “We have seven, eight players that are fighting for spots. We should be able to have a good year.”

Hilmar had a memorable run last season, finishing with a 15-0 record and a league title.

To contact Chhun Sun, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2041.

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