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Lancers dispatch shorthanded Buffs
Next for EU is Oakdale in battle of VOLs best
Brandon Vilaysack of Manteca High chips his ball out of the rough on Manteca Park Golf Course’s ninth green in a Valley Oak League dual match with crosstown opponent East Union Monday. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO
The East Union and Manteca high school boys golf teams showed some rust in their first match back from spring break Monday at Manteca Park Golf Course.

East Union improved to 4-0 in the Valley Oak League but shot its worst score of the season in a 222-254 win over the shorthanded Buffaloes, who were without starters Casey and Derek Benson.

The Lancers started the season with a bang, carding a 204 to beat contender Sonora. They won’t have long to recover from Monday’s minor setback however; up next is Oakdale’s young, deep, talented and undefeated team today back at Manteca Park Golf Course.

East Union’s Jordan Duval was the medalist with a 41 on the par-37 front nine. Teammates Will Brink and Evan Lewis finished in a two-way tie for second, and Manteca’s Nick Gonzales was fourth with a 43. Gonzales is returning to form after offseason knee surgery that kept him off the course for most of the winter season.

Weather conditions weren’t ideal on the cold and soggy course, but the players did avoid rain save for light drizzle at the start.

Rounding out East Union’s team score were Zac Couch and Jordan Lund with a 48 and 49, respectively.

Manteca (1-2, 2-3) struggled to keep pace, as Gonzales was the only Buffalo to shoot lower than the half-century mark.

Tim Baker and Kody Morris are typically in the high 40s but each finished with a 51. Chris Pinpin turned in a 53 and Brandon Vilaysack a 56.

The Buffaloes take on their other crosstown rival, Sierra, on Wednesday.