Nick Sharp brought his best to Stevinson Ranch on Thursday.
Sharp shot an even 36 and led Ripon to a 208-222 Trans Valley League victory over Hilmar.
“(Sharp) has been battling to beat (Hilmar’s) No. 1 all year and he did it today,” Ripon head coach Chris Musseman said. “It was a big win for us at their place. Knowing we needed a win to keep ourselves in it, my kids performed great.”
Senior Jack Brierly shot a 4-over 40, as did Kyle Head. Nathan Suender and Cole Herrin carded 46s to round out the Ripon (12-0 TVL) total.
“(Brierly) stepped up big time,” Musseman said. “That was the biggest difference in the match, and it came on a day he’s been looking forward to for a while.”
Hilmar’s Landon Acevedo shot a team-low 37.
On Tuesday, Ripon will be competing in the TVL Tournament held at Green Horn Creek. A top two or three finish will crown Ripon 2013 TVL champion.
Turlock Christian 213, Ripon Christian 223
Ripon Christian sealed up its fate in the Southern League on Thursday, guaranteeing itself a second-place finish.
RC fell to Turlock Christian for a second time this season, despite Kyle Colyn’s team-low 40 at the Spring Creek golf course. Turlock Christian’s Kameron Zogte (39) was the medalist.
Andrew Manes carded a 41 for RC (10-2 SL) and Jesse DeRousse a 44. Brandon Dotinga shot a 49 and so did Christian Manes. Turlock Christian went 12-0 in league.
RC will compete in the Southern League tourney on Monday at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club, followed by an appearance at the divisional tournament May 7.
“We pretty much sewed up second place,” RC head coach Kevin Schenk said. “You have to tip your hat to TC – they’re a solid team.”
Valley Oak League
Weston Ranch 245, Lathrop DQ
Manny Catarillo was the medalist after shooting a 44 during a VOL win for Weston Ranch.
Darion Carrillo shot a 45. Bruce Chester-Brandt carded a 47 and Felix Buenrostro shot a 54 for the Cougars. Javier Gomez rounded his team’s total with a 55.
Lathrop’s Matt Fallon shot a 60 and Sam Fallon shot the team-low 51. Geoff Fallon recorded a 60 and Andy Munoz’s 63 was the last qualifying score.
Sierra 238, Kimball 245
Sierra received an all-around solid effort, led by a 47 from Matt Rose during a Valley Oak League victory over Kimball at the Tracy Country Club.
Joey Guinta carded a 53 and Chris Schmitz a 47. Wade Montoya (48) and Blake Settlemoir (47) helped round out the Timberwolves (9-5 VOL, 11-5 overall) total.