The OHS Boys golf season has gotten off to a good start.
In their most recent action, the team stepped in to Valley Oak League play, participating in the first league tournament and taking top honors.
“We played at Manteca Park Golf Course on Thursday, March 23,” said head coach Lee McGhee. “Conditions so far have been wet and soggy. Add in the wind for this match and conditions were less than optimal for golf. With that being said we still performed well.”
Oakdale, in fact, had the top two scores on the day, paced by the 74 carded by Nolan Harris and a 75 from Cooper Pitney.
“Very solid play from both of them, scoring well despite the conditions. Looking forward to their leadership moving forward with our season,” McGhee noted.
Carson Middaugh and Robert Bordona finished within the top seven on the day, both shooting an 87. Skyler Mitchell finished out the Mustang scoring with a 95 for a team total of 418. The finishing scores for teams were: Oakdale 418, East Union 458, Manteca 477, Kimball 492, Sierra 518, Central Catholic 564.
Also, the squad competed at the Turlock/Pitman Crosstown Cup on Monday, March 20 and finished in fourth place out of 20 teams.
“This event was scored a little differently using two three-person teams playing a modified scrambles format,” explained McGee. “Each of our teams finished at 71 strokes which was one under par on the day. I was happy to see our teams work together reading putts and cooperatively working together to shoot under par.”
In the Hilmar Yellowjacket Invitational hosted at the Turlock at the Golf & Country Club, Oakdale finished in fourth place out of 19 teams. Pitney carded a 76 (only four over par) for an individual fourth place finish overall on the day.
“This was one of Cooper’s best rounds as part of the OHS golf team. Definitely shows all of the hard work he has put in to his game to be able to shoot only four over par in a tournament with 19 teams and almost 100 participants,” McGee said. “Nolan Harris (seventh place overall) was right there with him shooting a solid 78.”
OHS scores on the day after Pitney and Harris were: Carson Middaugh 89 (32nd place), Skyler Mitchell 96 (44th place), Robert Bordona 102 (57th place).
“We hosted the Oakdale 100 tournament on Monday, March 13, playing from the blue tees here at Oakdale Golf & Country Club,” McGee continued of the busy month. “Nolan Harris was on fire on the second nine holes, shooting a four under 32 on the back end of his round. This was the lowest score for either nine holes by all participants.”
There were 20 teams at this tournament with 117 players. Harris finished with a score of 74 and with Stableford scoring had a total of 29 points.
“That was good for fourth place overall in the tournament. Officially the tournament was scored as a Stableford event with points for par or better and minus points for scores above double bogey,” explained McGee. “Oakdale finished in sixth place out of 20 teams.”
Teams participating were from Division 2 through Division 5. Pitney and Mitchell finished with 89, Bordona shot 91, Jerry Janssen shot 94 and Middaugh finished with 95.
The team’s next match will be on Monday, April 3 at Tracy Golf and Country Club.