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Solid Run - Sandoval, Lady Bruins Cap Golf Season
A round of 18 holes at the scenic Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort in Angels Camp nabs a greens fee of around $70 a person on weekdays - unless you golf at Riverbank High.

The Lady Bruins golf team sent six girls to Greenhorn for competition in the Valley Foothill League North Championships on Oct. 15.

They responded by edging both Calaveras and Linden with a combined 523 score to finish fifth in the tournament and tied for fourth in the conference standings.

Bruin senior Tori Sandoval carded a 121 for the 10th best overall score to land sixth in conference points and secure an advancement into the postseason.

Coincidently, that means another trip to Angels Camp and another $70 saved.

Sandoval played Greenhorn again on Monday, the setting for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Championships. She joined qualifiers from nine other conferences in a daylong quest to advance only one team and three individuals to the next stage of the postseason.

The narrow window of advancing golfers and the caliber of competition present create a formidable adversary, but a thrilling challenge for a second-year Bruin golfer who came alive with a tremendous year on the links. Results from Monday's D-IV tourney were not available at press time.

"Tori had a great season, despite being only a second-year golfer," Bruin coach John Bartlett said. "I use her as an example to beginning golfers, because it was a pretty big accomplishment for her to move on."

Gabby Macedo ended in 124, one stroke shy of qualifying for D-V. Emily Blevins carded a 135 while Yolanda Sandoval and Janelle Luu both shot 143. Olivia Luu carded a 162.

The tourney was Bartlett's first in five years without the presence of longtime standout Courtney Floyd, who now competes for the Radford University Highlanders in Virginia.

Her absence was certainly felt during conference matches, but it would have been downright devastating, if not for additions of some of Riverbank's best female athletes in 2012.

Janelle Luu (basketball, track), Olivia (basketball, softball) and Sandoval (softball) will represent three of Oakdale's most heralded standouts during the coming winter and spring seasons. If they return for a second season on the links in 2013, Bartlett will be in good shape.

"Having all those new girls enabled us to compete really well throughout the season," Bartlett. "Except for Bret Harte (league champ) and Escalon (runner-up) we were within a couple of strokes on most of our losses.

"I think it was a good season, and I hope the girls that are not seniors come back."