The McNair Invitational was the first 18-hole event for East Union and Manteca High’s boys teams this season, and coaches from both programs came away pleased on Monday.
East Union’s Will Brink was low medalist with an even 72, leading the Lancers to a fourth-place finish in the 20-team field at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.
“I think what we pretty much learned today is that we can play with some of these teams,” East Union coach Dennis Wells said. “We’re still leaving some shots out there and could have been in the 390s today, but I’m proud of them — they keep getting better each day.”
Reigning Sac-Joaquin Section champion Del Oro claimed the tournament’s team title with a 384. St. Mary’s was runner-up with a 390, and Oakdale’s 400 score was good for third. East Union checked in nine strokes behind its Valley Oak League rival.
Jordan Duvall carded a rock-solid 79. Zach Couch added an 85, and Evan Lewis and Jordan Lund each turned in an 86.
Manteca finished with a 470 and was paced by Tim Baker’s 85. Justin Morrish (90), Davey Tolbert (94), Ray Tinnin (99) and Kyle Howard (102) also factored into the score.
“As a team we improved over 50 strokes from last year’s score,” Manteca coach Dave Fontanilla said. “This was our first 18-hole tournament test and the players did a good job of handling the pressure of tournament play.”