OAKDALE – After closing out last week with a less-than-impressive showing on its home course, Ripon High was able to shake it off in a hurry, stinging Escalon in the Trans-Valley League opener 212-245 at Oakdale Golf and Country Club Tuesday.
The Indians (1-0) got medalist honors from Nick Sharpe’s round of 38. Kyle Head shot a 41, Nathan Suender a 42 and Jack Brierly with a 45. Robbie Figeroid rounded out the Indians’ round with a 46.
Escalon’s lowest score was a 45.
“Thursday at our club we shot a 247 and I was really not pleased with that,” Ripon head coach Chris Musseman said. “The kids responded really well and we had a good round at the tournament on Monday and this was our first league match.
“I think they’re sending a message that they want to play; we’re not supposed to win league but we’re sure going to try.”
Ripon Christian 178, Hughson 216
The Knights looked impressive to say the least, turning in five rounds of golf less than six-strokes over par in a one-sided victory over Hughson at Jack Tone Golf Course Tuesday.
The Knights (2-1) played a tight team round with Kyle Colyn earning medalist honors with a 3-over-par 34. Christian Manes shot a 35, while both Brandon Dotinga and Andrew Manes shot 36’s, Jesse De Rousse was the anchor of the scorecard with a respectable 37.
“This is what I expect from us,’ Ripon Christian head coach Kevin Schenk said. “They came out from top to bottom and played good, good golf.”
Sierra 235, Oakdale 254
It’s a long Valley Oak League golf season and Sierra started it off the right way. The Timberwolves opened league play with a comfortable win over the Oakdale Mustangs Tuesday at Manteca Golf Course.
Sierra (1-0) was led by a five-over-par round of 42 by Matt Rose and teammate Chris Schmitz was a stroke back with a 43. Both Alex Orr and Ray Montoya shot 49 and Esley Green rounded out the Timberwolves’ scorecard with a 52.
“They are rebuilding,” Sierra head coach Jeff Williams said of the win over Oakdale. “They are in a transition period, but it was still nice to open with the win.”
Sierra will try and make it two straight wins when they meet up with Weston Ranch Thursday.
Kimball 245, Manteca 267
The Buffaloes weren’t able to put together the league opener they wanted, falling to the host Jaguars by 18-strokes Tuesday at Tracy Country Club.
Justin Morrish and Kimball’s Reeses Maxfield held medalist honors with a round of 45, while Manteca’s Davey Tolbert followed Morrish with a 49. Brandon Ramirez also shot a 49 for the Buffaloes, while Gus La Due (55) and Donal Hinkston (69) followed.