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Ripon looks very ‘Sharp’ in TVL win over Hilmar

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POSTED March 21, 2014 12:37 a.m.

Ripon junior Nick Sharp was 4-under going into the ninth hole at Stevinson Ranch during Thursday’s Trans Valley League showdown against Hilmar (4-3).

Sharp double-bogeyed the last par-4 and finished with a 2-under 34 as he helped lift the Indians to a 217-240 victory on the par-36 front nine.

“That’s an outstanding score,” Ripon head coach Chris Musseman said. “So far, that’s the best score (at Ripon High) in eight or nine years. And I had Andrew Bonner on my team, whose now at Colorado, for a couple of years.”

Sharp sunk birdies on the third, sixth, seventh and eighth holes before shooting a 2-over on the final par 4. He even outshot the reigning TVL Most Outstanding Golfer Landon Azevedo (37), who eagled the first par-5 hole to jump out to an early lead.

Nathan Suender carded a 39 and Anthony Matthews finished with a 46. Robby Figeroid and Michael Miller each shot 49s to round out the total for Ripon (5-0), which will compete Monday at the league’s mid-season tournament at Patterson’s Diablo Grande Course starting at 11 a.m.

VALLEY OAK LEAGUE

Lathrop 287, Weston Ranch 302

Frank Thao (49) of the Cougars was low medalist at Van Buskirk Golf Course, but it was Lathrop (1-5) that prevailed with its first victory of the season.

It’s also the Spartans’ first win in program history. Runner-up Sam Fallon spearheaded the Spartans with a 50 and was followed by brother Geoff’s 53. Nick Berndt (60), Andres Munoz (61) and Robert Berndt (63) rounded out the total.

Darron Carrillo (52) and Javier Gomez (58) were other notable scorers for the host Cougars (0-5).

 East Union 220, Manteca 241

The Lancers (4-2) have crosstown bragging rights so far with their win at Manteca Park Golf Course.

Their third group came through, as Manuel Telles and Clayton Dorland led the way with a 42 and 43, respectively. Ryan Lee also finished with a 43, while Eric Lewis’ 44 and Trevor Baum’s 48 followed suit.

Manteca’s Justin Morrish was the top placer with a 3-over 40. Brandon Ramirez (44), Gus LaDue (45), Ray Gallardo (56) and Jacob Tolbert (56) were other contributors for the 2-4 Buffaloes.

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