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Cardoza’s one-under round keys Ripon victory over RC

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POSTED March 20, 2009 4:52 a.m.
RIPON — Daniel Cardoza made up for two bogeys with a birdie on the first hole, and an eagle on the par-five eighth for an outstanding one-under 35 in Ripon’s 220-235 win over defending Trans Valley League champion Ripon Christian Thursday at Spring Creek Country Club.

It was another tightly-contested victory for the Indians (3-0, 6-1 overall), who edged out fellow contender Modesto Christian 206-215 Tuesday at Modesto Municipal Golf Course.

The story of the day was of course Cardoza, who beat out Ripon Christian’s Ross Van Groningen by three strokes for medalist honors.

“Daniel is a competitor,” Ripon coach Chris Musseman said. “There might be a guy on the course that’s more technically sound than he is, but he just turns it on when he has to. I think that’s where he’s above everybody else.”

The Indians showed their depth with solid scores from Josh Ricther’s 43, Jake Ratto and Tim Mendonsa’s 47 apiece, and Matty Gay’s 48.

“That’s huge,” Musseman said. “In order for us to be competitive in our league, we have to keep everyone under 50.”

Logan Vos carded a 41 for Ripon Christian. The Knights (1-2) were rounded out by Tim Hoeskma’s 47, Tim Hoekstra’s 48 and Ben DeRuiter’s 60.

Ripon next squares off with Riverbank at La Contenta Golf Club Tuesday, while Ripon Christian takes on Hughson on the road.

VALLEY OAK LEAGUE

Sierra 207, Sonora 222

Joey Matts, Luis Zepeda and Michael Hajenga split medalist honors Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course, all carding three-over 40s in the win.

Miguel Dominguez turned in a 43, Sammy Matts a 44 and Paul Michaleto a 45.

“Sammy did a good job scrambling after a tough start,” Sierra head coach Jeff Williams said. “Luis and Michael did an excellent job.

“We’re getting through a little valley right now. We didn’t play our best. There are still a few things to improve on.”

Sierra (6-0 VOL) takes on defending champion East Union Wednesday.

East Union 228, Ceres 244

At Diablo Grande Country Club, Kyle Harman paced the Lancers (4-2) with a one-over-par 37.

Tanner Bragg followed with a 44, Guillermo Barajas 47, Jordan Duvall 49 and Ryan Plum 52. The win sets up a big match against Sierra next Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.

— Jonamar Jacinto

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