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Ripons Toledo advances to SJS Masters
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East Unions Natalie Cowan carded an 88 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Tournament at Tracy Golf & Country Club on Monday. - photo by Photo by WAYNE THALLANDER

LODI — Ripon High’s Myra Toledo is the last golfer standing in the Manteca area.

She qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament after carding a 96 for fourth place in the Division V tourney held Monday at Micke Grove Golf Links. 

She’s one of three individuals — Bret Harte’s Jessie Thompson (92) and Olivia Fonseca (97) being the other two — to advance, and they’ll join Valley Foothill League North Division champion Escalon at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.

“It’s great that she made it to Masters as a sophomore,” Ripon coach Eric Dambrosio said. “She has worked hard on her game this year. Overall, I am happy with how this year went.”

It was a rebuilding season for the 2016 VFL North champion Indians, who still managed to make the divisional tournament as a team. Ripon finished third with a 558 behind Escalon (486) and Bret Harte (512). Escalon’s Madison Kindberg was low medalist with a 6-over 78.

Ripon’s Bianca Toledo and Madi De Graaf of Ripon Christian were part of a three-way tie for 10th place with a 101. De Graaf was the lone Ripon Christian golfer to compete after she was named the Most Outstanding Player of the VFL South last week. 

Emily Harris (105), Kassidy Isham (117) and Maria Soto (139) were other scoring contributors for Ripon.


Division III

TRACY — East Union senior Natalie Cowan was the top finisher from the area at Tracy Golf & Country Club with an 88. The Lancers took fourth with a 504, but only the top two teams —  Valley Oak League champion Oakdale (454) and Vista del Lago (481) — move on to Masters.

Kendra Campbell and Hayley Leonard each scored a 99 for East Union. Melinda Amick added a 108, and Kennedy Goodnough a 110.

Manteca had three divisional entrants ini Bella Gonzales (104), Kylee Eberle (114) and Taylor Reed (110). Sierra’s Bryanna Gavino finished with a 112.

Rio American’s Ashley Knepshield finished as low medalist with an 80. Monique Peterson (82) of Inderkum and Nthenya Maithya (84) of Central Catholic also advance to Masters as individuals.