Both Turlock and Pitman High’s golf teams are off to a 4-0 start in the Central California Conference leading up to next week’s crosstown regular season finale.
Pitman is coming off a 482-532 win over Merced on Thursday anchored by Chandler Hedrick’s top score of 83. Bryan Rouse followed with an 84.
“As a coach, you love to see your guys playing well,” said Pitman head coach Matt Jeans. “They have put in a lot of time to improve their game. But it’s not the winning that I’m most proud of. This team has set out to make sure that every one of our guys gets the opportunity show off their skills in a league match. That goal was accomplished on Thursday.”
With four new golfers who joined the Pride team this season, the pursuit for a CCC title has been one of the goals for the year, but they will have to dethrone the CCC aces in Turlock — which seem to never lose on the course.
With the penultimate league match this past Thursday, the team approached coach Jeans and pleaded to allow sophomore Steven Shamgochian, or also known as Steve-O, to play against Merced.
“Steven is a special education student with autism and has a love for sports,” said Jeans. “He’s been golfing since before kindergarten. In fact, in kindergarten, his teacher let him have time to golf outside as a reward for doing his work in the classroom.”
Shamgochian said that the golf cart is his dream car.
“Since unfortunately he might likely never drive a real car due to his epilepsy,” said Jeans. “He has a great deal of support from his family, golf team, baseball team, football team (all of these teams he is a member), support from the students and staff at Pitman High School. In fact, his peers voted him as Homecoming King this year.”
Turlock and Pitman will play for the CCC title at the Turlock Golf Country Club at 3 p.m. Thursday.