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Standouts missing for Ripon-RC rivalry match
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Luis Candido of the Ripon High boys golf team tracks his ball as he chips it onto the green at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club. Candido and the Indians faced friendly rival Ripon Christian in a low-pressure nonleague contest Wednesday. - photo by Photo by STEVE WELLS

The Manteca area’s top two high school boys golfers did not go head-to-head on Wednesday, but their teams did.

Ripon Christian didn’t need reigning All-Area Boys Golfer of the Year Kyle Colyn to knock off rival Ripon 234-256 in a nonleague match at Spring Creek Golf and Country Club.

“I just gave him a day off to rest a little and work on his game,” Ripon Christian coach Kevin Schenk said.

It was a stress-free round for both teams. Ripon’s standout, Nick Sharp, and two others are out of town for spring break.

“I was missing my 1, 2 and 3 golfers,” Ripon coach Chris Musseman said. “We were able to get some kids experience in an actual match situation, and one of them had never played at Spring Creek before. It was basically a scrimmage for us.”

Andrew Manes led Ripon Christian with a 42 and was low medalist. Ryan Garcia (44), Tristan Vos (46), Drew Baker (51) and Jesse DeRousse (51) also scored for the Southern League-leading Knights, who return to SL action today against Orestimba.

Ripon’s Justin Brito finished tied for second with a 44. He was followed by Trent Hawes (46), Luis Candido (47), Rhet Herrin (53) and Cole Stevens (66).

Valley Oak League

East Union 215,
Sierra 260

East Union’s Michael Lozano sank a pair of birdies and finished even par 37 to lead all players at Manteca Park Golf Course.

Fellow Lancer Trevor Baum and Sierra’s Matt Rose were co-runners-up with 41s. Alejandro Barajas carded a solid 43 for East Union. Clayton Dorland and Ezra Lendhardt each checked in with a 47.

Oakdale 224, Lathrop 266

In Oakdale, freshman Christian Guzman earned medalist honors with 5-over 41, but Lathrop didn’t have another player shoot lower than 52 in the Valley Oak League loss.