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Ripon wins second TVL tournament
RCs Vos earns top individual honors
Ripon Christian’s Logan Vos finished second in the Trans Valley League Tournament Tuesday and did enough to secure the conference’s Most Outstanding Golfer award.
•Team results: Ripon 445, Ripon Christian 449, Hughson 453, Escalon 455, Modesto Christian 469, Riverbank DQ.
• Top 10 individuals: 1 Russell Rinner (MC), 75; 2. Logan Vos (RC), 79; 3t. Daniel Cardoza (RIP), 83; 3t. Tim Hoekstra (RC), 83; 5t. Josh Richter (RIP), 84; 5t. Jack Rodgers (HUG), 84; 7. Adam Zolezzi (ESC), 86; 8t. Jimmy Morris (ESC), 87; 8t. Dylan Delhart (ESC), 87; 8t. Ryan Rinner (MC), 87.
LA GRANGE — Chris Musseman can’t help but run the “what ifs” through his mind after his Ripon Indians won the second Trans Valley League Tournament Tuesday at Lake Don Pedro Golf and Country Club.

What if the Indians played up to their abilities in the mid-season tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton instead of finishing fifth out of six? And what if they beat rival Escalon in the regular-season finale at Spring Creek Country on April 21?

The answer: They’d be, at the very least, co-champions with Escalon.

Musseman rejoiced nonetheless after his golfers pieced together the winning team score of 445, just four better than crosstown foe Ripon Christian.

Ripon Christian’s Logan Vos finished 7-over-par 79 for second place and edged Ripon ace Daniel Cardoza by a point in the season-long leaderboard to earn the TVL’s Most Outstanding Golfer award. Cardoza, who led Ripon with an 83, and Escalon’s Adam Zolezzi (86) share MVP honors.

Russell Rinner of Modesto Christian was the round’s medalist with a 75.

“What it really comes down to as far as the league title goes is that mid-season tournament,” Musseman said. “Had we finished at least second like we should have, we’d definitely be in the hunt.

“But Escalon handled their business and went 10-0 in match play, so they had it just about wrapped up going into this. Either way it was a good day for my kids. They were solid all the way up and down.”

Josh Richter contributed a solid 83 for Ripon. Matty Gay followed with a 91, Mark Bigelow a 92 and Jake Ratto a 95.

Musseman said that Bigelow’s breakout performance was what helped seal the tournament victory for the Indians.

“Mark Bigelow stepped up big today,” he said. “He hasn’t shot that well all year. Everyone else scored the way they needed to.”

Escalon and Ripon will move on to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament next Tuesday at The Reserve.

The TVL also advances the top six individuals of the tournament that are not on qualifying teams. Of those individuals are RC’s Tim Hoekstra and Vos.

Hoekstra matched Cardoza’s 83 for a third-place tie. Ross Van Groningen carded a 91 for RC, Josh Van Groningen a 92 and Tim Hoeksma a 104.

Ross Van Groningen, Richter and Hoekstra made the all-TVL team.

— Jonamar Jacinto