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Harman turns in low score for Masters berth

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Sierra's Paul Michaeleto wrapped up a solid season with an 86 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament.

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POSTED May 11, 2010 2:26 a.m.
ROSEVILLE — Kyle Harman just may have found his groove.

The East Union High senior won his second straight postseason tournament Monday, earning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV individual title with an impressive 6-over-par round of 78 at Timber Creek Golf Course.

Harman was the only golfer to finish in the 70s, a hard-earned accomplishment considering the consistent downpour and winds. The tournament was nearly postponed early on while the players took an hour-long break.

Last week, Harman won the Valley Oak League Championships for his second consecutive MVP finish.

“He’s playing great right now,” EU coach Dennis Wells said. “He’s hitting the ball well and is looking real good.”

Harman will next compete in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament next Monday at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton, and he won’t be alone.

Manteca’s Nick Gonzalez was the surprise qualifier Monday with an 81, one stroke shy of runner-up Barrett McLaughlin of Sonora.

The top three individual finishers not a part of the top team will play at Masters.

It was a big day for the VOL, which captured the top three team and individual places. Oakdale, which shares the VOL title with East Union, won with a 433.

Sierra turned in the second best team score for the second straight year with a 446, edging rival East Union’s 448.

“The league was very well represented,” Sierra coach Jeff Williams said. “It’s too bad our division only takes one team and three individuals, because I think that if Oakdale, East Union and our team compete we can do quite well against some of the top upper-division teams.”

It was a bittersweet finish to the season for Sierra.

Every Timberwolf finished with sub-100 scores. Seniors Miguel Dominguez and Paul Michaeleto led the way with an 83 and 86, respectively. Ryan Leasure followed with an 89, Drew Allen a 92 and Chase Hunter a 96. Kasey Milam turned in the throw-out score with a 99.

“I felt pretty good for the kids,” Williams said. “They wanted to win it, which is the right mindset, but we grew up a lot this year and improved from beginning to end.”

East Union wasn’t at its best after Harman. Freshman Will Brink shot an 89, sophomore Jordan Duval a 91, Dominic Riella a 92, Tanner Bragg a 98 and Guillermo Barajas a 102.

“I’m very disappointed in our team score,” Wells said. “We had two practice rounds shooting in the high 300s and low 400s. The conditions were tough today, but we still needed to get the job done.”

Weston Ranch senior Ryan Ortiz also competed at the divisional tournament and scored a 101. Manteca’s Kenny Summers and Casey Benson also made the trip, but their scores were not available as of press time.

— Jonamar Jacinto

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