For the 11th season in a row, Turlock High has finished Central California Conference competition as champions in girls golf. The Bulldogs cemented their place as 2014 CCC title holders by shooting a 448 at Monday's CCC Championships in Atwater—86 strokes ahead of second place Pitman High.
“It's a relief,” Turlock head coach Mary Krupka said. “I'm excited because I like to give them their patch and I like them to have the success, so it's a great thing for them. It feels good; it's nice to be winners.”
Turlock is now 12-0 as it prepares for the upcoming Sac-Joaquin Section Division I tournament—marking the eighth undefeated season in the past 11—and boasts a 133-3 record under coach Krupka.
“The other schools they have one, two, maybe three good players. We're steady one through six, and I think a good reason for that is, and I've said this before, the younger girls have to pay it forward and the older girls have to pay it back,” Krupka said of her program's high rate of success.
On Monday, Turlock cruised to victory with the help of Sarah Garcia and Bergen Benedict who shot scores of 84 and 85 to finish second and third overall, respectively.
“Bergen and Sarah really stepped it up in terms of working really hard and showing the younger girls what it's all about,” Krupka said. “They're good leaders.”
Pitman's Taylor Beckwith finished first overall with a score of 81. She, along with teammates Jasmine Ryan and Beth Summerville, will also be present at Monday's divisional tournament as they are slated to compete in the individual bracket.
As for the Bulldogs, their goal for Monday is simple: dominate divisionals and earn a spot at Masters.
“We won that divisional once, and we've taken second many, many times,” Krupka said. “We're really trying to get another banner for the school.”
Monday's tournament will be held at Woodbridge Golf and Country Club in Lodi with a 10 a.m. tee time.