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Ripon secures postseason trip; Vos takes first

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Ripon secures postseason trip; Vos takes first

After runners up finishes in both Trans Valley League tournaments last year, Ripon Christian junior Logan Vos was the top individual finisher Tuesday at Saddle Creek Golf Course.

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POSTED May 5, 2010 2:49 a.m.

COPPEROPOLIS — Andrew Bonner did not win the Trans Valley League’s year-end golf tournament at Saddle Creek Golf Course as expected.

But he did walk away with a nice consolation prize.

The Ripon High freshman earned the league’s Most Outstanding Golfer award and was voted Most Valuable Player by the coaches despite placing fifth in Tuesday’s year-end TVL tournament.

The top finisher was Ripon Christian junior Logan Vos with a 4-over-par 76. Vos was second in both TVL tournaments a year ago en route to capturing the Most Outstanding Golfer recognition.

Josh Richter ended up tied for second with Modesto Christian’s Kyle Intorf, leading Ripon with a rock-solid round of 79.

“He’s upset with himself on the round,” Ripon coach Chris Musseman said of Bonner. “What hurt him is that he never played there before, and that’s a course that you have to play going into a match. He’s put us on his back all year and got us to this point, so I can’t really put it on him.

“Richter, though, has really stepped up in our two biggest matches of the year. I have to give credit to the kid, he is playing really well right now.”

Escalon, paced by fourth-place Chris Mayfield’s 81, garnered its second straight TVL title, outshooting Ripon, 438-445. Ripon Christian was fourth with a 476.

Ripon was in the driver’s seat for the second available Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament berth going in, and beating Escalon would not have guaranteed the Indians the championship. Escalon built a big enough lead with its dual-match record and by winning the midseason tournament that it had to have a major meltdown to concede the crown.

Even so, Musseman wanted to see his team win the tournament to continue to build momentum from previous 18-hole tournament performances.

“We’ve been in the 420s or lower in all 18-hole tournaments except for the midseason one,” Musseman said. “So this was a little bit out of the ordinary for us. I don’t think it helped our team knowing that no matter how well we played today we were going to get second no matter what.”

Also scoring for Ripon were Matty Gay with a 91, Nick Mendonca a 95 and Jordan Williamson a 97.

Ross Van Groningen finished sixth overall for Ripon Christian with an 85. Riley Pizl (100), Ben DeRuiter (106) and Christian Manes (109) followed.

The divisional tournament takes place next Monday at La Contente Golf Club in Valley Springs. The top team and three best individual not on the first-place squad advance to the Masters Tournament.

— Jonamar Jacinto
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