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Buffs tee off VOL season with win over Sierra
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Sierras Legacy Barnes tracks her ball after chipping it toward the flag on the par-three fifth hole at Manteca Park Golf Course on Tuesday. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin

Legacy Barnes was low medalist with a 51, but it wasn’t enough for Sierra in its Valley Oak League opener against Manteca at Manteca Park Golf Course.

Sierra Martinez finished a stroke behind the leader and led Manteca to a 292-313 victory. Kylee Eberle, Taylor Reed and freshman Bella Gonzales followed with a 56, 58 and 59, respectively. Haileigh Kissee and Breanna Pease rounded out scoring with 67s.

Bryanna Gavino carded a 53 for the Timberwolves. Kaitlynn Looney (61), Hailey Looney (74) and Aubreyanna White (74) also factored into the scoring.

Sierra looks to bounce back today at Van Buskirk Golf Course against Weston Ranch, while Manteca hosts Central Catholic.


Kimball 221,

Lathrop 316

RIPON — Kaitlynn Edrington shot a 58 and was the lone Spartan to finish with a sub-60 score at Jack Tone Golf Course.

All six Kimball golfers finished under 50. Sophie Whaite was medalist with a 38, while Rupa Patel followed with a 43.

Other scorers for Lathrop were Chloe Malicoat (61), Abigail Lee (64), Eghosa Ogbeide (65) and Parmeet Toger (68).

Oakdale 230,

Weston Ranch 359

STOCKTON — Oakdale’s Taylor Stewart led all scorers with a 43.

Considering his team’s inexperience, Weston Ranch coach Miguel Torrente was encouraged by his players’ scorers. The Cougars have just one returning player in Sierra Strambler, who carded a 52, and had five players in the lineup who participated in their first match. Trisha Ready was the best of the rest with a 72.

“We’ve never had a start this good in the last three years,” Torrente said. “Every year we started with a brand new group and they were all seniors. This year we have another crop of players but a lot of them are still young.”