For East Union, the plans are always a little bigger and the expectations are second to none. That won’t change this season. The Lancers look up for the task after a 210-237 victory over Oakdale in Valley Oak League play Thursday.
Will Brink was the standout for East Union (2-0), shooting a 37 for low-medalist honors. Zach Couch (38) and Jordan Lund (41) followed close behind. Both Kyle Davis and Nick Rounsville shot 47s to complete East Union’s card.
“We shot probably about six or seven strokes higher than I want to be,” East Union head coach Dennis Wells. “We’re happy with our No. 1, 2 and 3 guys, but the 4, 5 and 6 are going to have to get more consistent.
“I wasn’t too displeased, but I wasn’t real happy either.”
The Lancers will be back on the course Tuesday when they take on the Sierra Timberwolves.
Weston Ranch 257
At Van Buskirk Golf Course in Stockton, the Timberwolves got a medalist round from Esley Green to push past the host Cougars Thursday in league play.
Green turned in a 44 to lead all score cards, edging out teammate Blake Settlemoir’s 45. Matt Rose (47) and Chris Schmitz (48) led four Sierra players in the 40s.
“Esley did a great job,” Sierra head coach Jeff Williams said. “We’ve got our work cut out for us, we just have to get more consistent. I watched a few of them and they have a few good holes and one bad hole, so we just have to work on staying focused.”
Wade Montoya (55) and Alex Orr (56) rounded out the Sierra scores.
Freshman Manny Catario led Weston Ranch with a 45, while teammates Bruce Chesterter-Brady (48), Daron Carrillo (52) and Alfredo Martinez (54) followed.
Sierra (2-0) will meet up with East Union Tuesday, while the Cougars will travel to Oakdale.
Sonora 221, Manteca 255
The Buffaloes fought off non-ideal golfing conditions to compete, but could not keep pace with the host Wildcats Thursday in VOL play.
Justin Morrish led the Buffaloes with a 43, while Davey Tolbert (46), Gus Ladue (52), Brandon ramirez (53) and Donal Hinkson (61) rounded out Manteca’s scores.
“We are slowly coming together,” Manteca head coach David Fontanilla said.
Ripon Christian 172,
Big Valley Christian 189
The Knights continued their early season dominance on their home course, stopping Big Valley Christian by 19 strokes Thursday at Jack Tone Golf Course.
Kyle Colyn was remarkable, finishing with a 1-over-par 32 for medalist-honors. Christian Manes was a stroke behind him with a 33 and Andrew Manes was only two strokes off brother Christian’s pace with a 35. Both Brandon Dotinga and Jesse De Rousse shot 5-over-par 36’s.
“Today’s score of 172 is about what I can expect from these guys,” Ripon Christian head coach Kevin Schenk said. “Top to bottom, our No. 5 came in at five-over par, so I am definitely going to take that.”
Ripon Christian (3-1) is still more than a week outside of the Southern League opener.
Ripon 219, Hughson 277
The Indians got an added bonus when Cole Herrin left the hardwood for the greens and made an immediate impact, shooting a co-medalist-honors earning round of 43 Thursday in Ripon’s win over Hughson.
Herrin, Nick Sharp and Nathan Suender all shot 43s, while both Kyle Head and Robby Figeroid were two back with 45s.
“I give Sharp a lot of credit, he started with a triple-bogey and kind of righted the ship,” Ripon head coach Chris Musseman said. “It was also nice to see Cole put it all together.
“We played a round of good team golf today.”
Ripon (2-0) will be in the Yellowjacket Invitational at Stevinson Ranch.