The Turlock High girls’ golf team won their 12th Central California Conference on Tuesday afternoon at the Turlock Golf Country Club.
Preethi Singh was the best for the Turlock Bulldogs with a score of 88 and Brooke Vierra followed in second after scoring a 90.
It was a close day as the match came down to the wire between Turlock and Buhach Colony heading into the 18th hole between the number six players.
Luckily the number six player for Turlock, Courtney Malmberg came out to play as she finished with a 111 for Turlock. Buhach's number six, Caitlyn Garcia, shot a 138.
When the day had concluded, Buhach, who had more consistency with their three seniors, managed to tie Turlock at 503 apiece, splitting the CCC championship.
“The girls were plugging away,” said Turlock head coach Mary Krupka. “It was up and down with Buhach because they are a very talented and experienced team. It was close till the end but their six girl made mistakes and we didn't so we are co-champions now, and we are okay with that because we still got number 12.”
The Pride would eventually place fourth overall with a final score of 601.
Even though Buhach and Turlock notched first place finishes, it was Pitman's Taylor Beckwith who outshined everyone and shot the day's best, four over par at 78, earning a spot in the Section Tournament as the CCC individual champion.
“We all knew it would be a tight race between Turlock and Buhach and congratulate them both on great seasons. We had a lot of young players that did great in their first CCC championships,” said Pitman head coach Kris Shaw.
Beckwith would eventually be crowned the CCC Most Valuable Player once again after posting a 40 in the front nine, missing a couple of shots but essentially dominating the back nine with a 38.
“Taylor had a better back nine which shows her mental toughness. She was consistent and accurate,” said Shaw. “Our goal for Taylor is to be playing in Nor-Cals. This season was a success based on the competitiveness of our team; we were just young and developing but still fought.”
The CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament will take place at Creekside in Modesto with Turlock and Buhach present along with Pitman's Taylor Beckwith. The match has a 9 a.m. tee time on Monday.
“I'm happy with what the team was able to accomplish, but I think I could have done better,” Krupka added. “I think it’s hard to put in words, in many ways I’m gratified that we got done what we did, we will appreciate it. My girls are sweet and so nice, they always help people up and they are young and they will do things next year. This was a learning year.”