PATTERSON — Ripon wasn’t exactly sharp in its 240-285 Trans-Valley League win over Hilmar at Diablo Grande Golf and Country Club on Thursday, but the Indians did have a surprise performance by a last-minute fill-in.
With one normal starter out sick, Garrett Avila stepped in and carded a 49 in his first match.
“Garrett has been plugging along as our No. 7 guy all year, and lately I’ve considered putting him in the lineup,” Ripon coach Chris Musseman said. “He forced my hand a little bit today — he has to play. He stepped into a situation where he was given no notice that he was playing his first varsity match and he did a great job. He earned the opportunity.”
Less surprising was freshman Connor Larkin’s one-over 36 finish. Rhet Herrin added a 49, Luis Candido a 51 and Justin Brito a 55.
Ripon is the top team in the TVL with a 9-1 record and competes in the Tracy Invitational next Monday at Tracy Country Club. The Indians will then finish out the regular season against Mountain House and Riverbank.
Valley Oak League
East Union 200,
Weston Ranch 272
Mike Lozano tallied three birdies and finished 2-under 35 to pace East Union (11-1) at Manteca Park Golf Course.
The rest of the Lancers were not too far behind. Trevor Baum (38) and Clayton Dorland (41) turned in the second and third best scores of the round, while Ryan Lee and Ezra Lendhardt contributed with 43s. Weston Ranch’s Austin Thao also had a 43.
East Union wraps up regular season next week with Central Catholic and Oakdale, its chief rivals in the VOL. Central Catholic remains in first with a perfect record.
Central Catholic 183,
MODESTO — UC Davis-bound Matt Robinson finished with an impressive 3-under 33 to lead Central Catholic. Three other Raiders chipped in sub-40 scores.
For Sierra (6-7), Evan Brazell led the way with a 46. Nathaniel Livingston (47), David Ketner (50), Dillon St. Claire (50) and Jackie Thai (54) rounded out scoring.