Add another accolade and banner to Turlock High.
The Bulldog girls varsity golf team is the CIF Division I South Section Champions for the first time since 2007, after battling it out with eight other schools on Monday at Woodbridge Golf Country Club.
After the big win, the entire Turlock team will move on to the CIF Master’s Tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton, set for Monday. Joining the Bulldogs at the Master's Tournament will be Pitman High's Taylor Beckwith and Beth Summerville.
“The gals have been focused on this tournament since the end of last season,” Turlock head coach Mary Krupka said. “They made the proclamation that they wanted to win it this year and they went out there and did it. Saying you want it and making it happen…That is a great feeling.
“This past tournament was important and the gals put a lot of stress on themselves, so next Monday is about fun and playing well,” Krupka said. “I am really proud of my whole team. I have some really intelligent, kind and athletic gals who are really a joy to be around.”
Turlock ended the day with a score of 481, with Lodi in second with a 490.
It was an all-around great effort as the Bulldogs were the only team in the tournament to have all six players shoot a 106 or better.
Brooke Vierra was the top performer with an 86, while Bergen Benedict scored the second best for Turlock with a 93. Sarah Garcia was third best with 97.
“The word ‘grind’ is a good word to describe this win,” Krupka said. “The course didn’t fit our eye and it was difficult. Basically, five of our six golfers struggled, but they didn’t give up. My team’s ability to battle, even when everything is going against them, is what helped us secure the victory.
“Brooke Vierra is the one player who carried us to the finish and received a CIF medal for her third place finish.”