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Ripon wins D5 on playoff hole

The Ripon High boys golf team consists of, from left: Anthony Matthews, Nick Sharp, Robby Figeroid, Cole Gonzales, Michael Miller and Nathan Suender. The Indians claimed their second straight Sac-J...

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POSTED May 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Ripon High beat out Calaveras on a team playoff hole to capture a second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament championship Monday at Marysville’s Peach Tree Golf & Country Club.

In Sacramento, Ripon Christian had a chance to defend its Division VI crown at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex but was thwarted by Southern League rival Turlock Christian despite Kyle Colyn earning the individual title.

It’s the fourth overall section banner won by Ripon and third under eighth-year coach Chris Musseman. He said each championship is special in their own way, but it’s hard to top what his current group just accomplished.

“It was actually one of the coolest things I have ever been around while coaching golf,” Musseman said. “There was a big gallery for the playoff hole and it was lots of fun. To win it the way we did was awesome. Just a great memory they have to take with them.”

Ripon and Calaveras tallied 450 strokes apiece in regulation. It was decided on the 541-yard 18th hole, and the two teams played it out like they would a dual match. 

Ripon ace Nick Sharp set the tone with a birdie with Robby Figeroid burying a par putt. Even the Indians on the final group had their moments, with Cole Gonzales and Anthony Matthews each holing pars. Gonzales came through with a clutch pitch that hit the pin settled inches away from the hole for an easy tap-in.

It wasn’t close.

Ripon’s top five scorers finished 1-under for the hole, while Calaveras was 4-over.

“We didn’t play well (in regulation) and we knew it was gift to be in a playoff,” Musseman said. “It’s a tough course and we didn’t play as well as we should have. I just let our guys know that player for player we’re the more talented team, but this is about who is mentally tough and who can handle the pressure.”

Sharp shot 8-over-80 and placed third overall but had two rare triple bogeys set him back. Nathan Suender (91), Figeroid (87), Matthews (94) and Gonzales (98) accounted for the rest of the team scoring.

Freshman Mitchell Menzes of Bret Harte was low medalist with a 78, while Hilmar standout Landon Azevedo took second with a 79. They will be joined by Marysville’s Garrett Brown (81) as individual qualifiers for next Monday’s SJS Masters Tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park. Only the championship team and three individuals from the Division V tournament advance.

 

Division VI

Ripon Christian amassed a solid score 433, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Turlock Christian’s 426.

The Knights will still be represented at the Masters tourney next week, as Colyn carded a 73 to earn medalist honors. Andrew Manes and Jesse DeRouse each carded an 88, Drew Bakker turned in a 91 and Austin Alger finished with a 93.

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