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Sierra finishes 2nd, Harman moves on
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LINCOLN — Kyle Harman played 19 holes Tuesday at Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln, the site of the 2009 Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament.

The playoff hole was necessary to determine whether or not Harman would move on to next week’s Masters Championship at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton, and after East Union’s ace sent home his par putt to win the playoff, it was time to party.

“They played the playoff on Hole 18,” EU head coach Dennis Wells said. “It’s considered one of the toughest holes in Northern California.”

Harman started the round 1-over-par through the first six and fought off a triple bogey on a par 5 to finish with a 79.

“He had a lot of birdie putts that weren’t falling,” Wells said. “It was a good day, he played well.”
The same could be said for the Valley Oak League champion Timberwolves who finished second overall to Colfax (407) with a 421.

Miguel Dominguez and Paul Michaleto both shot 82, and Michael Hajenga turned in an 83.

Joey Matts had an 86, Sammy Matts an 88 and Luis Zepeda a 95.

 “We knew going into the season that we had a shot to win the VOL,” Sierra head coach Jeff Williams said. “That was our goal, and we got it.”

Colfax’s No. 1 and No. 2 golfers shot a 73, and 75, respectively, but Sierra topped the tournament champions from the three spot to the end of the card.

The T’Wolves will say goodbye to four seniors — the Matts brothers, Hajenga and Zepeda.

“The seniors are a good bunch of kids, great to be around,” Williams said. “They’ve played all four years, and all of them had outstanding careers.”

Besides Harman, EU sent Tanner Bragg, Jordan Duvall and Guillermo Barajas to the section tournament.

Manteca’s Kenny Summers and Weston Ranch’s Ryan Ortiz also qualified and ended their seasons Tuesday.

Harman will play three practice rounds in Stockton leading up to the Masters.

— Brandon Petersen