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Ripon rallies behind injured teammate, stays unbeaten

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POSTED April 4, 2014 12:39 a.m.

Ripon’s No. 2 Robbie Figeroid wasn’t able to finish his round Thursday afternoon at the Spring Creek Golf Course after injuring his neck on the fifth hole and not being able to continue.

That didn’t stop the Indians (7-0 overall, 6-0 Trans Valley League), however, who rallied with four scores in the 40s to knock off Hughson, 232-253.

“A couple of our bottom guys stepped up, and Matthews is doing a really good job for us,” Ripon head coach Chris Musseman said. “The team learned a lesson. We knew Hughson was going to struggle out there, and when Robbie checked out after Hole 5 it kind of lit a fire under the rest of the guys and they finished off well.”

Nick Sharpe was Ripon’s medalist with a 7-over 42, one stroke better than Hughson’s top golfer Ben Johannes (43).

Nathan Suender and Anthony Matthews carded 44s for Ripon, while Michael Miller shot a 48 and Cole Gonzales (54) rounded out the total.

Ripon will compete at the Bear Creek Invitational at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton Monday for an 18-hole tournament.

Valley Oak League

Sierra 230, Oakdale 244

Matt Rose shot a 5-over and earned medalist honors with a 42 for Sierra (7-3 VOL) at the Manteca Park Golf Course. Blake Settlemoir tallied a 46, while Chris Schmitz and David Ketner each carded 44s. Isaac Gutierrez rounded out the total with 57, while Josh Barrera of Oakdale (6-2) shot a team-low 44. Sierra will also be at The Reserve in Stockton Monday.

Kimball 212,
Manteca 227

Justin Morrish’s 2-over 38 at Tracy’s Old River Golf Course wasn’t enough to earn him medalist honors, but it was the team-low for the Buffaloes (4-8, 3-7). Kimball’s Reese Maxfield carded a 36 and Manteca’s Gus LaDue recorded a 43. Brandon Ramirez finished with a 45 and Ray Gallardo a 49. Donal Hinkston rounded out the total with a 52 for Manteca, which will play against Weston Ranch Tuesday.

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