The Turlock High boys golf team won its 10th straight Central California Conference title on Monday at the league finals at Pheasant Run with a score of 415.
“'A crazy year'; I tell the kids that it’s bigger than us, but I want to continue that tradition,” Turlock head coach Jason Boswell said. “You know these kids work hard in the offseason; they play a lot of competition tournaments and they are constantly working at it and training all year around. They are completely committed to success.”
It has been a decade of success for the ‘Dogs as they have lost only three matches in the span of 10 years, with two of the three losses coming this year.
“The kids see it at a young age, the success, and it makes them want to continue that and work hard to reach that level,” Boswell said. “I am very proud of these kids. Losing to Golden Valley and Pitman was only two of our three loses in the past 10 years but we don’t dwell on that. These kids, they know what they’re doing.”
Turlock’s Bulldogs saw four players finish in the top four with Teo Chiesa, finishing first with 75, followed by teammate Hayden Sparks with 79. Zevey Lopez (80) and Jason DeGraff (81) followed at third and fourth to lead the tournament down the list. For the Pride, Emerson Thompson led the team as he shot a 91, followed by Avery Austin (92) and Logan Martinez (93).
“These kids have really responded, especially Teo who looks great now that we're in the postseason. He is definitely getting into the groove, especially this week since he did so well,” Boswell said. “Honestly, it’s all about these kids; they are really a great group. They are great overall, in academics, character, commitment and responsibility.”
On Monday, Turlock will play in the Divisonal Tournament at Creekside in Modesto.
“I have had some great golfers and they make it easy for me to coach them,” Boswell said. “I tell them to do their thing and that makes my job easy. I try to make sure they get over bad shots, making sure that a bad putt does not affect their game. It’s all about the kids. They deserve all the credit.
“Our ultimate goal is the masters for sure,” Boswell said. “I feel these guys can definitely play at a high level."