There were only a few foursomes left on the course Monday in the Central Section Team Golf Championships at Sunnyside Country Club and Ken Shipley just knew it: "This is going to be tight."
Fortunately for the Clovis West coach and the section's most dominant program for six years, Katie Horsford didn't play that way.
And, as a 14-year-old freshman and the Golden Eagles' No. 6 player, she surely could have been excused for wilting under pressure on an 85-degree late October day.
"I knew I had to come in with a solid score," Horsford said.
She did, firing a 13-over par 86 to rally Clovis West past Stockdale, 424-426, for the Division I team title -- the Eagles' fifth under Shipley since 2006.
There's nothing to suggest the dynasty will fade considering Clovis West played not one senior.
"We hoped to be in this position, but we weren't positive," said Camille Orito, a junior who carried Clovis West with a 75. "I'm very happy, and we're all going to be back."
Sophomores Ai Enkoji (85) and Keila Takeuchi (89), and freshman Jenna Scrivner (89) completed the scoring.
Orito's round was beaten only by a six-birdie 74 by Alanna Loyd, a senior who led Clovis North to a repeat D-II championship and one of only five participants in the 54-player field who broke 80 on a course that played tough with lightning-fast greens, difficult pin placements and imposing bunkers.
The Broncos (430) also received an 80 from senior Taylor Shweiki, an 87 from sophomore Taylor Vaughn, a 91 from junior Alicia Hobbs and a 98 from sophomore Shilpa Ati while beating runner-up Mission Oaks by 55 strokes.
Clovis West and Stockdale, with the two best scores from all D-I and D-II schools, qualified for the Southern California Regional on Nov. 10 at Golf Club Rancho California.
In addition, the section will advance up to 12 additional players. They will be determined next Monday in the section's individual championship at Bakersfield's Rio Bravo Country Club.
Loyd, runner-up to Clovis' graduated Madchen Ly in last year's individual finals; Clovis East's Hannah Sodersten, closing one of the most accomplished careers in section history; and Redwood's Christina Trujillo, who placed third in last year's individual finals, will be featured at Rio Bravo.
Horsford, in only her second year of "serious" golf and but four months out of Kastner Intermediate School, didn't figure to be spotlighted Monday, when each team's top five scores counted.
But she had a hunch: "I figured if someone on my team didn't have a good day, my shots will help."
That happened to be the Eagles' No. 2 player, junior Laura Scrivner (92), who had been a steady force for the Tri-River Athletic Conference and North Area champions.
Horsford closed the day by parring the 424-yard par 5 18th. She was denied a birdie when her 20-foot, uphill putt lipped the cup, drawing a collective groan from her five teammates who had already finished.
Still, that forced Stockdale's No. 6 player, Jessica Park, to check in with an 89 for a win by the Mustangs, who had the tiebreaker edge. But she bogeyed the 18th minutes after Horsford walked off, finishing with a 91.