Turlock High’s boys golf team earned one final Central California Conference title after Thursday’s league finale against the Pitman Pride.
The Bulldogs managed to get the upper hand after winning from the Turlock Golf and Country Club by a score of 409-484.
This win also clinched the Bulldogs’ third straight CCC title and seven out of the last eight years.
“Seven out of eight years and Turlock overall is 14 out of 15 years,” said Turlock head coach Jason Boswell. “The kids have done an amazing job. They have earned this.”
“I have to give a lot of credit to Jason Boswell and his team. He and his players have also embraced Steve-O,” said Pitman head coach Matt Jeans.
Both teams came together to support Steven “Steve-O” Shamgochian in his last high school match. The Pride golfer, who was diagnosed with autism, finished the day with a round of 127.
“I’ve been very lucky to have Steven in this program over the past four years,” said Jeans.
Teammates Tommy Husselstein (121), Derek Nevarez (91), Marcus Hawley (91) and Connor Cook (95) followed up Shamgochian’s performance as they shot 484 as a team.
“Our guys played very well today. Most of them shot their personal best of the year, and for that, I’m very proud of them,” said Jeans.
The Pride finish in fourth place in their final year in the CCC. Pitman is expected, however, to send three or four players to Divisionals to compete individually.
For Turlock, Eztevan Lopez shot an 86. Fletcher Bacon shot an 85 and Jacob Lobao shot an 83.
Preston Magina shot the lowest round of the day with a 76 and Connor Old shot a 79.
“When you have some of the top players in the conference (Preston Magina and Conner Old) step down from their #1 and #2 spots in the line up to play in Steven’s group, that shows a lot of class,” Jeans added. “They have grown up with him over the years. It is just a special way to recognize Steven in his last match.”
Next for both will be the CCC Championships from a place yet to be announced at 11 a.m. Wednesday.