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Ripon cards season low in battle of TVL unbeatens
Ray Tinnin pitches his ball toward the seventh green at Manteca Park Golf Course on Wednesday. Tinnin and Manteca High faced Lathrop in a Valley Oak League match. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO

Ripon High’s boys golf team recorded its best score of the season Wednesday on its home course, and it came at a good time.

The Indians took down Hilmar 208-223 in a first-place battle at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club. They are now 5-0 in the Trans-Valley League, while the Yellowjackets dropped to 7-1.

“This is a great win for our guys,” Ripon coach Chris Musseman said. “Hilmar was the team to beat and they still are. We still get them at their course (Stevinson Ranch), and they get to host (the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament). They’re the favorite in our league and our division, and they have a great advantage at their course.

“But if we wanted to give ourselves a chance to win the league title, we had to beat them on our course. The kids handled the pressure very well.”

Nathan Suender pieced together an impressive round, sharing low-medalist honors with Hilmar standout Landon Azevedo with a 2-over 38. Kyle Head and Nick Sharp both trailed the leaders by just a stroke. Jack Brierly chipped in a 45 and Robbie Figeroid carded a 47.

The Indians return to action today at Turlock Country Club, where they will face Hughson in a make-up match. They then take on Escalon Friday back at Spring Creek.

Southern League

Ripon Christian 176, Waterford 247

Ripon Christian 185, Waterford 254

The Knights (5-1) played two rounds in one at Jack Tone Golf Course Wednesday, as they had a match to make up with visiting Waterford.

Sophomore Kyle Colyn was medalist on both nines, finishing 1-over 32 on the front and 4-over 35 on the back. Andrew Manes also recorded a 35 on the back nine to go with his 38.

Christian Manes (36, 36), Jesse DeRousse (34, 40) and Brandon Dotinga (36, 39) also contributed to the blowouts.

“We had a tough loss (228-235 on Tuesday) to Turlock Christian in the wind at Stevinson Ranch, and it was good to see the guys rebound from that,” Ripon Christian coach Kevin Schenk said.

Valley Oak League

Manteca 218, Lathrop DQ

Ray Tinnin prevailed as low medalist with a 4-over 41 on the front nine of Manteca Park Golf Course. Manteca High teammates Kyle Howard and Justin Morrish each turned in a 42. Brandon Ramirez tallied a 45, and Davey Tolbert chimed in with a 48.

Lathrop’s Geoff Fallon carded a personal best 51 at the course. Sam and Matt Fallon scored a 65 and 66, respectively, and Andy Munoz had a 73. Lathrop was disqualified as a team for not fielding the minimum five players.