Beaming ear to ear with a proud grin only a father could sport, First Tee Central Valley program manager Charlie Floyd of Riverbank addressed 10-year-old Oakdale golfer Shealyn Hanrahan with pointed questions as a crowd of youth gathered at the Escalon Golf Course on July 24.
With a lasso coiled neatly in his hand and the rippling muscles of his mount settling with anticipation beneath him, Oakdale's Tanner Kent took a second to capture the moment in front of over 4,000 fans at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs, Wyoming, home to the 2013 National High School Finals Rodeo.
Ten-year-old Shealyn Hanrahan of Oakdale stretches an iron behind her small frame and releases an explosive swing that glides through the fairway like a lawnmower. The golf ball lofts into the air, crashes onto the green, spins backwards and settles just shy of the cup during a recent Wednesday practice.
Top talent from across nearby Sac-Joaquin Section schools gathered at Golden Valley High on Friday, June 28, gave four Oakdale High graduates a shot at one more game to represent the Mustangs. Oakdale and the North ultimately fell to Central Section schools on the South roster in an overtime thriller.