The Ripon High golf team may not have clinched anything with its 205-230 Trans Valley League win over Hughson Tuesday, but a loss to the Huskies would have definitely hampered the Indians season-long expectations.
The Indians put together arguably their best team-round of the season, blasting the Huskies by 25 strokes on the front nine at Spring Creek Golf Course.
“We finally played to our potential in a nine-hole match,” Ripon head coach Chris Musseman said. “It is probably the first nine-hole match they we have played like we can.
“It was really nice to see the guys step up in a big match and get that done.”
Zach Capel shared medalist honors with Hughson’s Dillon Delhart with a four-over-par 39. Nick Medonsca (40), Kyle Head (41), Jason Williamson (42) and Nick Sharp (43) all followed Capel.
Ripon (5-3) will be back on the course Thursday when they travel to Modesto to take on Modesto Christian.
Valley Oak League
East Union 202, Lathrop 310
The Lancers earned their 10th win of the Valley Oak League season with a 202-310 win over Lathrop High Tuesday at Manteca Golf Course.
Will Brink led the way with a 1-over-par round of 38, followed by rounds of 40 from Jordan Duvall and Evan Lewis. Eric Lewis shot a 41 and Jordan Lund turned in a 43. Kyle Davis was the Lancers’ throw out score with a 48.
The Lancers’ round was even more impressive with the lack of challenge Lathrop was able to provide. The squad was able to stay within five strokes of each other, giving East Union reason to believe their best rounds are in front of them.
“I’m on our guys even more when we know we have a strong advantage,” East Union head coach Dennis Wells said. “I stress to them about pushing hard and giving it their best effort. When we play a team like this I expect even more effort and more focus.”
Cory Baker led Lathrop with a 53.
Manteca 227, Weston Ranch 300
The Buffaloes (6-4) continued to make positive strides, handling the Weston Ranch Cougars with ease in the two clubs’ VOL matchup Tuesday at Van Buskirk Golf Course.
Justin Morris led Manteca with a 43, followed by Tim Baker (44) and Bradon Ramirez (44). Both Kyle Howard and Ray Tinnin shot 48s and Davey Tolbert turned in a 49.
“This was probably our best overall team effort in terms of scoring,” Manteca head coach Dave Fontanilla said. “We had six scores in the 40s and we earned the maximum amount of points.
“We’re improving in baby steps and hopefully we can shave a couple of more strokes per player.”
Ripon Christian 178, Le Grand 250
The Knights (5-1) got a 1-under-par round of 30 from Christian Manes to cruise to an easy Southern League victory over Le Grand High Tuesday.
Kyle Colyn (33) and Danny Vos (36) followed Manes, with Brandon Dotinga (38) and Austin Alger (41) rounded out the scorecard.