League play began this week for both the Turlock and Pitman High boys golf teams and the anticipation could not have been higher in the Central California Conference.
Pitman kicked off their season on the road at Rancho Del Rey as they took on Atwater in what resulted in a lopsided victory.
In the end, the Pride defeated Atwater in a satisfying 416-557 victory.
“The guys played really well. It was exciting to see them start league with a round that low,” said Pitman head coach Matt Jeans.
Pitman's win was led by Chandler Hedrick, who shot a 79. Nate Coutinho followed with an 82.
“We need to keep grinding on the course and take one match at a time,” said Jeans. “We are now preparing for Golden Valley on Thursday.”
Turlock hosted El Capitan on Thursday from the Turlock Golf Country Club and the Bulldogs ended their first league meet with a victory after coming out on top, 409-463.
“I am happy how they performed in our first league match,” said Turlock head coach Jason Boswell. “I think we can improve, if we can break 400 this season it’s going to be a good season for us. But I’m pushing to be a sub 400 team, if we put in the time and focus and do the right things, we have the potential.”
Turlock was anchored by Connor Old who shot a team low 77, while Arik Bains followed with an 81.
Preston Magina and Fletcher Bacon both shot an 83 and Logan Lucero shot an 85.
“This is probably my deepest team, I usually have a strong No. 1 who shoots for league MVP honors, but this year we are just deep,” said Boswell. “I have got six kids who have potential to break 80 and it’s nice, it’s all about their work ethic and what they have done. These kids put in a lot of time during summer and during the week, this is just the result of all the hard work they have done.”
Turlock was able to cruise through their first league match, but coach Boswell and his group know it’s a long season and they must continue to stay consistent.
“It's nice when you have guys committed, because it's the result you get,” said Boswell. “I think these guys are more focused, they are pushing to be better, knowing we are a better team if we are individually doing well. We know what needs to be done individually to see success.”
Turlock and Pitman are now 1-0 to begin CCC play.
Pitman will next take on Golden Valley from the TGCC at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Turlock will travel on the road to take on Atwater at 1 p.m. March 28.