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Richter, Vos qualify for Masters

Injury hurts Ripon’s chances to advance as a team

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Richter, Vos qualify for Masters

Ripon High's Josh Ricther carded am 8-over-par 80 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament Monday to qualify for the Masters Tournament.

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POSTED May 11, 2010 2:29 a.m.
VALLEY SPRINGS — Juniors Logan Vos and Josh Ricther continued their steady play in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament at La Contenta Golf Club Monday, but their qualifying-efforts were overshadowed by a freshman.

And it was not Ripon High ace Andrew Bonner, who suffered a shoulder injury before last Tuesday’s Trans Valley League year-end tournament and was unable to play Monday.

Modesto Christian freshman Kyle Intorf was the medalist with a 5-over-par 77 and will lead his TVL individual counterparts as qualifiers for the Masters Tournament next Monday.

Ripon Christian’s Vos, the runner-up of both TVL tournaments last year and medalist in last week’s conference finale, turned in a 79, and Ricther of Ripon edged out Escalon’s Kris Mayfield by a stroke with an 80 for the last of three Masters berths.

“I’m really proud of Josh,” Ripon coach Chris Musseman said. “He’s come so far not just with golf, but maturing as a young man. It’s nice to see him rewarded for his efforts.

The rest of the Indians, however, will not be making the trip to The Reserve at Spanos Park for Masters.

Ripon finished third as a team with a 455, trailing divisional champion Bret Harte (429) and TVL champion Escalon (438).  Ripon has previously beaten both Bret Harte and Escalon in non-league tournaments this season, but that was with a healthy Bonner anchoring the team with his impressive play.

Only the top team and the best three individuals on the non-qualifying team advance.

Senior Matty Gay went out with a bang, scoring an 86. Zach Capel followed with an 88, while Mark Bigelow (100) and Nick Mendonca (101) made up the rest of the team’s core.

“They all knew that without Bonner they’d have to step up, and a couple of them did,” Musseman said. “If he was healthy he would have led us to the next (tournament).”

— Jonamar Jacinto

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