Through four holes, East Union sophomore Brooke Riley was on pace to break her own Valley Oak League course record Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
Mother Nature had other plans.
Still, her coach Dennis Wells was pleased with how she and the rest of the Lancers played in gusty conditions against visiting Sonora. Riley settled for a 2-under-par 35 on the front nine, and East Union won handily, 222-288.
East Union improved to 11-0 while widening the gap between itself and the rest of the field with the VOL Championships soon approaching. Sonora (9-3) is locked in a three-way battle with Kimball and Sierra for two Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament playoff spots.
“I can’t complain,” Wells said. “I thought Brooke played very well despite the wind, and the rest of the team didn’t do too bad. We are still trying to get them to score lower before (the Sac-Joaquin Section) Masters.”
Riley started off blazing. She birdied the first two holes, was even on the third and eagled the par-5 fourth for a 4-under start through four. Riley hit a few rough patches after that, including a three-putt finish on nine.
It was on Sept. 19 that she carded her record score of 33.
Senior Jordan Vinson continued her steady play and turned in the second lowest score of 41. Emma Holloway paced Sonora with a 43.
Others contributing for East Union were Breanna Perkins (47), Brittany Ugalino (48) and Brittany Conijn (51). The Lancers next host Weston Ranch on Monday.
Manteca 277, Oakdale 293
The Buffaloes (5-7) continued their strong play over the second half of the VOL season Thursday at Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
Kaylie Grimes was low medalist with a 47, and Katie Hankins followed with a 48. Delaney Donahue of Oakdale carded the third best score with a 52.
Dominique Graham chipped in a 54 for Manteca, Isabella Garcia-Mendez posted a 63 and Danica Hunt rounded out the team score with a 65.