Brooke Riley looked to be on her way to another outstanding round after a birdie-birdie start in East Union’s Valley Oak League match with Sierra on Tuesday.
The league’s reigning MVP ended up settling for a 3-over-par 40 at Manteca Park Golf Course, leaving the door open for Sierra to possibly sneak out an upset victory. East Union did just enough in a 250-254 victory to remain perfect in league at 10-0.
In their previous meeting, East Union won 251-261 behind Riley’s 37, and she’s been under par since, for the most part. Two Lancer freshmen stepped up in the rematch, as Chloe Cardenas and Natalie Cowan checked in with 50s. Rebeca Leonard added a 51, and Allie Tajii rounded out East Union’s score with a 59.
Sierra’s McKenna Doyle placed second overall with a 49. Kayla Wilson followed suit with a 51, Arlena Gavina chipped in a 52, Krystal Rayevich contributed a 55 and Vanessa Rodriguez finished with a 57.
All three Manteca schools will compete in the Sierra Invitational today, which begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. East Union is the six-time defending champion but expects to be well-tested by the 19-team field.
Valley Foothill League
Bret Harte 229
The Indians (7-2) remain within striking distance of VFL North Division-leading Escalon following Tuesday’s well-earned win at challenging Greenhorn Creek Golf Course in Angels Camp.
Laura Williams led the way with an 11-over 47. Alex Gonzales (50), Erin Wever (53) and Breeana Huckel (57) also accounted for the team score.
“I am happy with our progress so far this year,” Ripon coach Eric Dambrosio said. “We are still learning and the girls are keeping patient and positive.”
Ripon is back at it today when it hosts Modesto Christian at Jack Tone Golf Course.
East Union alumna Brittany Ugalino tied for the team lead with an 88, helping Delta College place fifth in a Big 8 Conference Tournament held at Stockton’s par-72 Van Buskirk Golf Course.
The host Mustangs finished with a 355. Modesto Junior College won with a 320.