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Weather has little effect on Horton invite scores

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East Union High's Tanner Bragg drives off the tee on hole 3 and tries to keep track of his ball in the rain during the Tony Horton Invitational Wednesday.


POSTED April 22, 2010 2:28 a.m.
The weather conditions were far from ideal for golf.

But it did help alleviate some of the pressure during the Tony Horton Invitational at Manteca Park Golf Course Wednesday, leading to comic relief, with drivers being flung into fairways from slippery hands, and ultimately some impressive scores.

“In this kind of weather your scores tend to be much higher,” East Union coach Dennis Wells said. “Your grip is slipping, you’re cold, you’re wet and the greens are puddling up.”

Jordan Sato-Sterni of Lincoln High (Stockton) didn’t get the memo. His eye-popping five-under round of 67 was good for individual medalist honors, and Castro Valley’s 397 topped the 13-team field.

Castro Valley got three sub-80 scores from Stephen Shen (75), Joe Jung (77) and Cameron Tanjoco (78).

Lincoln was the runner-up with a 407, defending champion Vacaville followed with a 414 and East Union led area schools with a 418 for fourth place.

East Union freshman Will Brink was the lone area golfer to crack the top 10, carding a 79. Manteca’s Nick Gonzalez shot an 80 but was the odd-man out in the tiebreaker (back-nine score) for the 10th-place finish.

“I was surprised of some of the scores that came in, especially the 67,” Brink said. “I was happy with the way that I played. It was tough out there with the wind and the rain.”

Senior standout Kyle Harman was in contention for a top-10 finish but struggled over the final five holes, finishing with an 82. Tanner Bragg added an 81, Jordan Duval an 85 and Guillermo Barajas a 91.

The Lancers matched Castro Valley’s 397 in a practice round at Manteca Park Golf Course earlier this week, but all things considered Wells was pleased with the outcome.

 “I’m real happy with the guys,” he said. “We’re real close to where I want them to be. Kyle didn’t shoot his best today but we were still right there.”

Sierra finished seventh with a 441 and was led by Miguel Dominguez and Paul Michaleto, who each turned in an 84. Drew Allen (87), Ryan Leasure (91) and Chase Hunter (95) made up the rest of the team’s score.

Tournament host Manteca was 11th with a 493. Kenny Summers followed Gonzalez with an 89. Brandan Vilaysak (105), Tim Baker (109) and Casey Benson (110) rounded out the Buffaloes’ score.

Ryan Ortiz’s solid 85 led Weston Ranch, which only had four golfers compete. The rest were Joseph Renaud (98), Tim Weatherwax (103) and James Aragon (114).
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