The East Union Lancers were probably a dozen points higher than head coach Dennis Wells would have liked them to be, but it was still good enough for a 207-241 Valley Oak League win over the Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday.
The two teams played the front nine at Manteca Golf Course, with East Union No. 1 Will Brink turning in an even-par round of 37 to earn medalist honors. Brink was followed by teammate Jordan Lund’s 38 and Jordan Duval’s 42. Tim Baker led the Manteca Buffaloes with a 44 and Justin Morrish followed him with a 47.
Manteca (4-5 VOL) has made tremendous strides this season, putting together respectable team scores on a regular basis. The Buffaloes were 25-strokes higher than their best round at Manteca Golf Course, underlining the importance of developing consistency.
“Our 3-4-5 players are beginning to show some consistency, enough so that we can rely on them to be within a certain range,” Manteca head coach Dave Fontanilla said. “This has helped our No. 1 and No. 2 be more aggressive and shoot at pins that they may not think of for fear of letting team points go by the wayside.
“We are slowly coming together as a team and I hope we can peak at the right time.”
Manteca got a good showing from Brandon Ramirez who shot a 48, while Davey Tolbert (50) and Ray Tinnin (52) followed him on the Buffaloes scorecard.
Both Evan and Eric Lewis rounded out the Lancers top-5 with rounds of 45. Zach Couch was the East Union throw out with a 48.
The Lancers will play host to the league leading Oakdale Mustangs at 3:30 p.m.
Sierra 212, W. Ranch 304
The Timberwolves got a superb outing from No. 1 Drew Allen, who turned in a 2-under-par round of 34 Tuesday in Sierra’s VOL win over Weston Ranch.
Allen dominated the front nine at Van Buskirk Golf Course in Stockton, taming the long par-36 front nine, shooting 10-strokes better than his nearest competitor.
“Drew is playing really well and he had a really good round today,” Sierra head coach Jeff Williams said.
Matt Rose shot a 43, Blake Settlemore shot a 44, Chris Schmitt a 45 and Joey Guinta turned in a 46.
The Timberwolves will be on the course Thursday when they host the Manteca Buffaloes.