The East Union Lancers took advantage of an opportunity they had to seize, edging out the visiting Oakdale Mustangs by two-strokes in a 204-206 Valley Oak League win Thursday at Manteca Golf Course.
Will Brink earned medalist honors with a 1-under-par round of 36, beating Oakdale No. 1 Ian Stogdell by a stroke after he turned in an even-par round of 37.
“It was definitely a must win for us,” East Union head coach Dennis Wells said. “It was tough conditions, so to pull it off was a big win. I wasn’t too terribly pleased with our scores, but I was definitely happy with the win.”
Each Lancer turned in a sub-45 round, with Jordan Duval (39), Eric Lewis (42), Evan Lewis (43) Zach Couch (44) and Jordan Lund (44) all shot solid rounds. Rain picked up tremendously over the match’s final hour, raising the challenges of an already pressure-filled match.
“EU did a good job and you have to give them the credit for coming out on top today,” Oakdale head coach Lee McGhee said. “We just have to keep working and hopefully get to some lower scores in the future.
“We are looking forward to the end of the season matches; it really should be a battle coming into the VOL tournament.”
Manteca 234, Sierra 242
The Buffaloes got a round of 45 on the par-37 front nine from Davey Tolbert to lead Manteca to an 8-stroke victory over the Sierra Timberwolves Thursday.
Both clubs had to battle through weather elements in the second half VOL match. Sierra was able to record medalist honors from Drew Allen’s 42, but only one other Timberwolf signed off on a card in the 40s.
“We started off very shaky and the weather could have been the equalizing factor,” Manteca head coach David Fontanilla said. “When the wind and rain started up, ball striking was put to the test.
“Coach (Jeff) Williams has his team playing really well lately, so we knew we had to keep things together.”
Both Kyle Howard and Justin Morrish shot 46s for the Buffaloes, while Tim Baker (48) and Ray Tinnin (49) rounded out the Buffaloes scorecard. Brandon Ramirez was the throw out score with a 53.
Blake Settlemoir shot a 47, Chris Schmitz a 48 and Matt Rose shot a 51. Esley Green (54) and Joey Guinta (58) were Sierra’s final two.