Something in her swing told Enochs High School senior C.C. Cytanovich that Tuesday would be her day.
She delivered her best-ever round, an 84 for the medalist honor at Creekside, when it counted the most. The Eagles followed her lead and certified their third consecutive Modesto Metro Conference girls golf title.
“I’m very surprised,” Cytanovich said. “I’ve been playing pretty well, but today I was on fire.”
Enochs’ MMC dominance in golf is nothing new. Long Beach State senior Shawnee Martinez, a 2012 Enochs graduate, put the program’s name on the map with three consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Masters titles (2009-11).
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We’re fortunate to have girls who understand and like the game. They know what success is about and like it.
Enochs coach Matt Doyle
After Downey took the MMC honor in 2012, Enochs has ruled. The Eagles extended their winning streak in league duals to 41 this season, then romped to a 30-stroke win over runner-up Gregori.
Enochs and Gregori will join individual qualifiers Samantha Smedshammer of Downey (90), Susan Foster of Grace Davis (93) and Natalie Ward of Beyer (98) at the Section Division I South Tournament on Monday at Creekside.
Depth has carried the Eagles to the top. Senior Alyse Padilla (86), No. 1 on Enochs’ ladder, and junior Mbeneka Maithya (86) combined with Cytanovich to guide Enochs’ pull-away from the pack. Brittneigh Redfern (97) and Ana Casillas (99) filled out the lineup.
Cytanovich birdied both par 5s on Creekside’s back nine en route to a 39. In fact, Padilla (40) and Maithya (40) also saved their best for the closing nine.
“We’re fortunate to have girls who understand and like the game,” Enochs coach Matt Doyle said. “They know what success is about and like it.”
3 Enochs’ streak of MMC girls golf titles
Enochs’ familiarity with Creekside could become an advantage at next week’s divisional. The Eagles haven’t advanced as a team to Masters since 2009.
“We’ll have to play very good next week,” Doyle said. “But with having playing Creekside so often, we have that going for us.”
Elsewhere, East Union senior Brooke Riley – who shared the Masters individual title with two others last fall – posted a 3-under 69 at Stockton’s Swenson Park as the Lancers secured their ninth Valley Oak League title in 10 years.
East Union shot a 426 to top runner-up Kimball (474) and third-place Sierra (492). All three will advance to the Division III Tournament on Monday at Bing Maloney in Sacramento. The individual qualifiers were Taylor Stewart (82) and Emily Greenwood of Oakdale (105) and Central Catholic’s Gianna Van Klaveren (92), Sedonia Estacio (101), Jen Morrow (97) and Emily Lehman (102).
The Shag Bag – Del Rio Country Club again will welcome wounded or disabled veterans to the second annual fundraiser sponsored by St. Andrews Legacy. It will be held on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Under this program, veterans have a chance to play the famed Scottish links. The field of 40 is not yet full. Call Tom Cosentino, 595-3207.
Holes in one – Phillip Irons, Modesto, 117-yard 15th at Jack Tone Golf, Ripon, pitching wedge. ... Bob Glover, Turlock, 123-yard eighth at Jack Tone, 7-iron.