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Brink finishes one under to lead Lancers past Sierra
Evan Lewis of East Union chips onto the fifth green at Manteca Park Golf Course Tuesday.

Will Brink took another step in the right direction, putting together a 1-under-par round of 36 to pace the East Union Lancers in their 208-230 Valley Oak League victory over Sierra High Tuesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.

Brink walked away with medalist honors by four strokes, but clearly had an opportunity to outdo himself, leaving a few strokes on the course.

“He finished 1-under and that is with two three-putts, so he could have been three, maybe four under was out there today,” East Union head coach Dennis Wells said. “With him, you just know you’re going to get a good performance from him day in and day out.

“It really makes up for some of the guys that might have a bad day.”

Brink’s teammate Jordan Duval turned in a 40, while Evan Lewis and Jordan Lund shot 41 and 45, respectively. Kyle Davis helped the Lancers with a 46 and Eric Lewis shot a 50.

Sierra was led by Drew Allen’s 44, followed by Blake Settlermoir’s 45. Matt Rose was able to close out his round strongly after running into some trouble, finishing the round par-par-par on holes seven, eight and nine for a 46. Esley Green shot a 46, Chris Schmitz a 49 and Joey Guinta finished in 52 strokes.

“Our problem is on our par 3s,” Sierra head coach Jeff Williams said. “We’re a young team and we are slowly maturing.

“It’s going to take some time, but we’ll get there.”

Trans Valley League

Ripon 212, Hilmar 223

The Indians used a total team effort to outlast one of the league’s top programs in a 212-223 victory over Hilmar Tuesday at Spring Creek.

The Indians needed a strong showing against the front-running Yellowjackets, securing the victory on their home course, which is of great importance this competitive TVL season.

“This was a huge win for us,” Ripon head coach Chris Musseman said. “We needed to score and get one back on them if we’re going to compete for this league.

“We’re all extremely competitive this year and you cannot lose home matches.”

Kyle Head and Nick Schultz held medalist honors with rounds of 40, while Zach Capel (42), Nick Mendonca (44) and Kyle Bagdasarian (46) rounded out the scorecard.

The Indians will be back on the course Monday when they travel to Stockton to compete in the Bear Creek Invitational at The Reserve at Spanos Park.