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Vos leads RC’s impressive round

Three Indians play well but team settles for 5th place

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Vos leads RC’s impressive round

Ripon's Josh Richter watches his pitch land on the 13th hole's green.


POSTED March 31, 2009 5:05 a.m.
STOCKTON — Ripon and Ripon Christian were each without two key contributors in the Trans Valley League Midseason Tournament Monday at The Reserve at Spanos Park.

That greatly affected one, but not the other.

Ripon Christian pieced together the surprise round of the day, finishing second with a 447 — just 11 back of league-leading Escalon. Ripon carded a disappointing 480 overall for fifth.

Logan Vos filled in nicely for RC’s No. 1 Ross Van Groningen, finishing 8-over-par 80 for second place. He trailed Escalon medalist Adam Zolezzi by a stroke, while turning in his most impressive effort of the season on a tough course and equally challenging conditions.

Vos birdied the fourth (161 yards, par 3) and 16th (517, par 5) holes and was just four over going into the final two.

Both Van Groningen and Ben DeRuiter are in Washington D.C. as part of the Close Up Student Program.

“Logan’s been playing real consistent all year, it was just a matter of time he fired something low,” Ripon Christian coach Kevin Schenk said. “I think today, on a big stage, he showed he’s one of the top five players in the TVL.”

Escalon picked up two wins for every team it beat Monday, adding considerable distance to its season-long lead with a 15-0 record. Ripon Christian moves into second place at 11-5.

Tim Hoekstra tied Ripon ace Daniel Cardoza with an 86 to share sixth-place honors. Riley Pizl chipped in a solid 90, Tim Hoeksma a 93 and Josh Van Groningen 98.

“I am thrilled with how my guys played,” Schenk said. “Would it have been nice to have the other guys? Sure, but the guys who were called upon played well.

“I know that the other teams were missing players for various reasons, too, so I can’t say for sure if having our full team would have been a difference maker.”

The difference Monday, though, was consistency. With water coming into play on 12 holes to go with menacing green-side and fairway bunkers, the wind made it even trickier.

“The course is open but there’s trouble everywhere,” Schenk said. “We talked about thinking our way the course instead of going out and trying to swing as hard as we could.

“With a windy day like today, you can’t overpower the course; you have to take what it gives you.”

Rival Ripon came into the event 4-0 and had defeated all other TVL teams but Escalon in dual-match play. The Indians — who were missing Matty Gay (science camp) and another player to grades — were the only ones to record three individual scores in the 80s.

Sophomore Josh Richter, paced the Indians (6-10) with an 83, good for the third best score of the tournament. Jake Ratto finished with an 88.

“If you look at our top three, we’re as good as anybody in the league,” Ripon coach Chris Musseman said. “With Matty Gay there, our top four would have been as good as anybody in the league.”

Ripon takes on Escalon Wednesday at Oakdale Country Club. Ripon Christian has the rest of the week off before returning to action against Escalon at Jack Tone Golf Course in Ripon Monday.
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