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East Union advances with runner-up finish at Sac-Joaquin Masters

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East Union finished second at Masters on Monday. Members of the team are: Brooke Riley, coach Dennis Wells, Rebecca Leonard, Brittany Ugalino, coach Ron Gutierrez, Breanna Perkins, coach Brian Goul...

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POSTED October 29, 2013 12:47 a.m.

STOCKTON — One stroke was what separated the East Union girls golf team from capturing the 2013 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament title at Reserve at Spanos Park.

The Lancers still came away pleased with their overall effort, considering that this Division IV program put the heat on the Division I heavyweights.

“That doesn’t happen too often,” said EU coach Dennis Wells.

The second-place Lancers were edged out by Rocklin, 429-430, but was two-stroke better than perennial power St. Francis (432), winners of the Masters crown six of the last seven years (Christian Brothers took it in 2011).

All three teams will advance to Monday’s CIF Northern California Regional Tournament at the Spring Creek Golf and Country Club in Ripon.

They’ll be joined by Vista del Lago’s Emilee Hoffman, who was medalist with her 2-under-par 70, Woodcreek’s Brianna Areia (72), Roseville’s Virgie Velasquez (74), and Pleasant Grove’s Sarah Debnekoff (74).

Ripon (570) finished in 13th place.

“We were just happy to be here,” said Indians coach Eric Dambrosio.

East Union was helped out by an overall effort led by No. 1 Brooke Riley, who carded a 77 while barely missing out on a top-six medal. A surprise finisher was No. 6 Rebecca Leonard, who shot an 89.

“I was surprised,” the sophomore said. “I thought I was going to have a horrible game.”

Rounding out the Lancers’ score card was Breanna Perkins (83), Brittany Ugalino (89), and Brittany Conjin (92). Jordan Vinson’s 93 was the throw-out score, another surprise considering how well she had been playing leading up to Monday’s event.

The conditions on the 18-hole championship course were faster-than-usual greens.

“It’s cold and windy, and we were also unfamiliar with the course,” Dambrosio said.

His No. 1 player Sienna Starck (100) played the previous day with even stronger winds.

“I actually played better,” she said. “But it was laid back and with my parents.”

The Division V Indians, coming off their first section title, also got scores from Erin Wever (109), Alex Gonzales (109), Hailey Rae Rose (116), and Clare Wever (136).

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