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Tri-medalist Riley returning to NorCals
East Unions Brooke Riley tees off on The Reserve at Spanos Parks par-three fourth hole during the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament on Monday. - photo by Ike Dodson


SJS Masters Tournament

• Teams: Oak Ridge 420, Davis Sr. 427, Turlock 437, Granite Bay 444, Vista del Lago, 457, St. Francis 459, Christian Brothers 467, Lodi 468, Whitney 472, Lincoln (Stockton) 499, Benicia 506, Capital Christian 510, Lincoln 512, Ceres 534.

• Top individuals:  Brooke Riley, East Union, 70; Emilee Hoffman, Vista del Lago, 70; Gurman Kaur, Franklin (Elk Grove), 70; Courtney Vogel, Woodland Christian, 72; Emily Dixon, Whitney, 73; Noor Ahmed, Vista del Lago, 74; Brittany  O’Bryant, Pleasant Grove, 74; Kylie Fong, Franklin (Elk Grove), 75; Nicole Schroeder, Rocklin, 75; Neeve Chen, Woodcreek, 77.

STOCKTON — Brooke Riley was aware of the pressure she faced at Monday’s Sac-Section Division III Girls Golf Masters Tournament.

The East Union High junior had been there before having already made it to the 2013 CIF State Championships.

That experience coupled with ideal conditions at The Reserve at Spanos Park was more than enough for Riley, who earned a return trip to the Northern California Regional event on Monday, Nov. 14, at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch Salinas.

She finished in a three-way tie for medalist honors with Emilee Hoffman (Vista del Lago) and Gurman Kaur (Franklin-Elk Grove). Each shot 70s on the 18-hole Stockton course. 

The top four qualifiers – Courtney Vogel on Woodland Christian finished with a 72 – and top three teams advanced to the NorCals. Oak Ridge (420) came away as the top team followed by Davis Sr. (427) and Turlock (437), respectively.

“I could remember feeling the pressure on the first hole,” said Riley.

But Lancers co-coach Dennis Wells was pleased with the efforts of his top player during her practice round.

“She was driving the ball well (on the fairways) and doing good job course managing,” he said.

Once play began, Riley’s first-hole jitters, if any, were hardly noticeable.

She enjoyed playing in the cool temperatures with hardly a breeze.  The course was hit by rain over the weekend.

“The greens were a little softer than usual but it stayed played fast,” said Riley, who played with the likes of Hoffman and others during summer golf tournaments. Riley and Hoffman placed second and third, respectively, in last week’s SJS Division IV Tournament at Manteca Park Golf Course.

Riley finished strong, firing a birdie on No. 2. 

“I had a great drive in the middle of the fairway,” Riley recalled.

Her second shot from there set up the 1 ½ foot putt.

The shot of the day was turned in by Alyse Padilla of Enochs. She delivered a hole-in-one on the No. 4 hole.