2009 Tony Horton Invitational
1. Vacaville 394 *
2. Will C. Wood 394
3. Castro Valley 395
1. Steven Staples (WCW) 71
1. Harold Santos (ARO) 71
2. Ted Mdehrke (VAC) 72
3. Ira Weiss (VAC) 73
Top Local Finishers
1. Miguel Dominguez (SIE) 77
2. Joey Matts (SIE) 78
3. Luis Zepeda (SIE) 80
4. Michael Hajenga (SIE) 81
4. Kyle Harman (EU) 81
5. Tanner Bragg (EU) 83
5. Nick Gonzales (MAN) 83
* Vacaville 86, Wood 90 on tiebreaker throw-out score.
The 2009 Tony Horton Invitational may have been played at Manteca Park Golf Course and it may have been hosted by Manteca High, but by the end of the day, the City of Vacaville had taken center stage.
Led by Ted Mdehrke’s 72 and Ira Weiss’ 73, Vacaville High claimed the Tony Horton crown with a 394.
Will C. Wood, Vacaville’s second school, also finished with a 394, but because Wood’s throw-out (90) was four strokes behind Vacaville’s, the Bulldogs took home the hardware.
Wood’s Steven Staples claimed the door-prize, however, as his 71 tied Arroyo’s Harold Santos for split medalist honors.
Among the local golfers on hand, Sierra’s Miguel Dominguez was the only to qualify as a Top 10 medalist, finishing with a 77.
Sierra, which shot an even 400, had four of the best five local scores, as Joey Matts (78), Luis Zepeda (80) and Michael Hajenga (81) all finished just behind Dominguez.
East Union’s Kyle Harman finished with an 81, two strokes better than Tanner Bragg.
Manteca’s Nick Gonzales led the host Buffaloes with an 83, and Ryan Ortiz paced Weston Ranch with a 97.
“It was an ideal day for golf, warm conditions, perfect for players to go low,” Manteca head coach Dave Fontanilla said. “In team play, it was the closest finish in quite some time; the top three teams had a total of seven medalists.”
Kenny Summers shot a 95 for Manteca (481), Jeremy Resuello a 115, Casey Benson a 101, Tyler Canady a 103, Jared Woolf a 99, and Dylan J. Craig, a 125.
“We hoped to play better, but our top players were off their game a little,” Fontanilla said. “We hope to right the ship in time for the league tournament April 27 at Lockeford Springs.”
Sierra’s card was rounded out by Paul Michaleto’s 84 and Sammy Matts’ 91.
Jordan Duvall finished with a 91 for East Union (438), while Ryan Plum had an 88, Guillermo Barajas a 98, and Dominic Riella a 95.
James Aragon and Darrell Narcisse both shot 101 for the Cougars (540), while Tim Weatherwax carded a 109.
Thomas Medeiros had a 132, and Freddie Rayray finished with a 140.
Sierra also sent a “B” team to the event, and it shot 474.
Ryan Leasure carded a 91, while both Drew Allen and Pat Baker both shot 94.
Justin Hunter finished with a 96, Kameron Milam had a 99, and Mark Twomey finished with a 114.
— Brandon Petersen