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Season ends at Masters

Harman disappointed with final round; Vos cards 78

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Season ends at Masters

Ripon Christian's Logan Vos watches his shot off a fairway bunker on hole 18 sail wide left of the green.


POSTED May 18, 2010 2:51 a.m.
STOCKTON — The third time was not the charm for East Union High senior Kyle Harman.

Making his third straight appearance at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament Monday at The Reserve at Spanos Park, Harman again failed to qualify for the California Interscholastic Federation NorCal Championships.

While it was his best outing of the three rounds at Masters, Harman wasn’t exactly jumping for joy over his 9-over round of 81. As a sophomore Harman shot a 90 at Stevinson Ranch Golf Course, and last year he carded an 87 at The Reserve at Spanos Park.

“It’s cool making Masters all three years, but I wanted to go to NorCals real badly this year,” Harman said.  “I’m definitely not satisfied with my performance at all.”

The two-time Valley Oak League MVP and 2010 SJS Division IV medalist was solid off the tee for the most part, but his wedge and putting games were uncharacteristically inconsistent.

“It was just a struggle the whole time,” he said. “I wasn’t hitting the ball all that solid. I just didn’t have it. It’s frustrating, but there’s nothing I could do about it now.”

The top three teams and best four individuals not on qualifying teams advance.

Jesuit captured the team title (375) over rival Folsom (384). Christian Brothers (384) finished third. Harman’s chief rival in the VOL, Oakdale’s Austin Whitworth placed second overall with a 70, one stroke shy of medalist Paul Smith of Turlock. Aaron Beverly (71) of Armijo and Nick Schafer (72) of Rocklin earned the final two NorCal spots.

Three area juniors also got to experience golf at the highest level in the section.

Ripon Christian’s Logan Vos, the runner-up in the Division V tournament last week and medalist in the Trans Valley League’s year-end event, turned in the best score among area golfers with a 78.

“It was tough. I didn’t hit the ball as well as I could, but given the conditions I did all right,” Vos said.

The weather conditions weren’t ideal, but not brutal either. Rain showers came and went throughout the day, and typically strong wind at the course slowed considerably by noon.

Manteca’s Nick Gonzalez and Ripon’s Josh Ricther both felt they should have shot at least 10 strokes better. On April 5, both Manteca and Ripon took part in the Bear Creek Invitational at The Reserve, and both finished with an 80.

On Monday, Richter settled for an 88, while Gonzalez had a 93.

“I definitely feel that I could have done much, much better,” Gonzalez said. “It felt like throughout the round I would give myself opportunities, but I would just fail to capitalize on them.

“I basically couldn’t get on a roll and get that streak going to put me in contention. But you know what? That’s the way it goes, you have good days and you have bad days, you just have to learn from the bad ones. Hopefully I can build from this for next year and come back even stronger.”

The NorCal tournament takes place at Diablo Grande Resort Golf Club’s Legends West Course in Patterson next Monday, May 24. Three teams and six individuals qualify for the CIF State Championships June 8 at Santa Maria Country Club.
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