The boys’ golf team of Turlock High is one performance away from claiming its 11th straight Central California Conference title after Thursday afternoon’s 424-450 defeat of Pitman High.
With the regular season nearly complete, all that remains of league competition is the CCC Championship Tournament on April 29, where a top-three finish would cement a championship season.
“We’re in a good spot for the last tournament,” Turlock head coach Jason Boswell said. “This group has done a wonderful job. They’ve really stepped up when they needed to and they have just really improved over the course of the season and really put in the time to put themselves where they’re at.”
Senior Teo Chiesa again led the way for the Bulldogs, finishing with 71 strokes for the day’s best overall score. Having already earned back to back league MVPs the past two seasons, Chiesa is in position to earn his third with a good showing at the league tournament.
“His mental game has improved tremendously. Things don’t bother him as much as they used to; he can grind out a round, and even though he might not start out really well, he’s able to finish,” Boswell said of his senior.
Logan Williams earned the second best overall score with 81 strokes while Pitman’s Emmerson Thompson finished with the third best overall score with 83 strokes.
A CCC Championship isn’t the only thing on the minds of the Bulldogs, however. After failing to qualify as a team for the section finals, Turlock is looking at the CCC Championship Tournament as an opportunity to fine tune their postseason approach.
“We’re looking at, what are we going to shoot when we get to Divisionals? What are we going to shoot at the Championship Tournament on the 29th? What are we going to shoot at Masters?” Boswell said. “We shot 424 today. We’d like to get around the 410 mark. If we can get around the 410, we feel like we can really compete with anybody.”