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Colyn cards 73, Ripon 12th at SJS

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POSTED May 13, 2014 12:53 a.m.

Ripon Christian’s lone representative and the Ripon High boys golf team showed well in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament on Monday.

On a day when low scores were the norm, Ripon Christian’s Kyle Colyn finished 1-over 73 at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton but was three strokes shy of forcing a playoff for a berth to the CIF Northern California Regional Championship. 

Ripon, meanwhile, placed 12th out of the 15 qualifying teams with a score of 434.

Colyn caps a breakout junior season with another outstanding effort. It comes a week after earning an individual title in the SJS Division VI Tournament at Haggin Oaks’ Mackenzie Course in Sacramento. He goes into his final year as the two-time reigning Southern League MVP and the area’s top golfer.

Ripon Christian coach Kevin Schenk said Colyn’s ball striking was pure, but he was able to cash in on birdie opportunities.

“There was potential for him to go 70 or 69 today,” Schenk said. “In talking to him after the round he really used it as a learning opportunity. He sees what he has to do to bring it to the next level. Kyle is already talking about what he wants to do in the offseason to get better because he has made it a personal goal to make the NorCal tournament.

“He represented the Southern League well today,” Schenk added. “There were some low stores but he was definitely in the hunt. There are just a lot of good golfers in the section and it was neat for Kyle to see that he’s in the mix. This is only going to make him more confident and driven heading into next year.”

The top three teams and four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to next Monday’s NorCal tourney set for Sierra View Country Club in Roseville. Granite Bay led nine teams in the 300s with a 365. Jesuit (371) and Central Catholic (377) also advance.

Johansen High sophomore Daniel Pena turned in an impressive 66 for medalist honors. He was one of eight golfers to finish under par.

“The scores were low and the conditions were perfect,” Ripon coach Chris Musseman said. “There was hardly any wind and the course was in great shape. A lot of kids seized the opportunity.”

The Indians were coming off last week’s winning effort in the SJS Division V Tournament. It’s the fourth section title captured by Ripon’s boys team, and third under eighth-year coach Musseman.

Ripon had two solid efforts from Nick Sharp and Nathan Suender on Monday. They shot a 76 and 77, respectively. Anthony Matthews (90), Robby Figeroid (92) and Kole Gonzales (99) factored into the team scoring. Michael Miller finished with a 101.

Sharp was in the running for a section-qualifying score through seven holes, but he took bogeys on his eighth and ninth for an even-par score at the midway point. Suender, a senior, goes out shooting his best 18-hole score.

“Going in our kids knew we were not shooting a 375 but it was a matter of pride for them,” Musseman said. “They were not going to finish last because they are a Division V team. We take pride in holding our own with the top programs and they did that. I’m proud of them for that and everything they’ve accomplished this season.”

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