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Oakdale Golfers Find Stroke In Pair Of Home Victories
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Mustang golfer Josh Barrera has shown steady improvement on the links this season. Dennis D. Cruz/The Leader

Oakdale High School golf has found success on the course early this season as they racked up two more home victories this week with league wins over Weston Ranch and Kimball.

The team played host to Weston Ranch Monday, March 24 at Oakdale Golf and Country Club in a pair of nine hole rounds. On the front nine Oakdale turned in a team score of 226, paced by Logan Shultz’s 42 on the par 36 course. Weston Ranch struggled in the front nine as they turned in a scorecard of 312 giving Oakdale the first round victory. Oakdale would continue their momentum into the second round of play as they defeated Weston Ranch 221-299. Shultz would be two shots over par as he shot an impressive 38 on the back nine. Teammate Joshua Barrera had an impressive day as he contributed with a score of 44 and improved as the day went on as he was three shots over par with 39 on the back nine.

The team headed back to Oakdale Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, March 25 as they welcomed the Jaguars of Kimball High School in nine hole play. The Mustangs defeated Kimball 227-263 that was capped off by the brilliant play of Domenic Fauria, who shot a team best 41.

“We have a tough road ahead playing all three Manteca schools on their home course over the next two weeks. The nice thing about that is that our guys are all pushing each other to get out and play more and more,” said coach Lee McGhee. “They are working together to see how low they can go each day with their scores.”

The coach added that it was fun to see the players shooting personal bests, Domenic Fauria (41), Logan Schultz and Josh Barrera breaking into sub 40 rounds with 38 and 39 respectively, and the confidence that all brings with it.

“It is a big shift in their demeanor and attitudes from just trying to come out and be on the team to working hard during practices, matches and on their own to improve every day,” said McGhee. “Coach Meyer and I are having fun fine tuning and making adjustments as they are learning to play golf, not just hit the ball. We have the benefit of being able to play one of, if not the best course in the area, and all of the benefits that come with playing such a tough demanding course in practice as well as in matches.”

He said the efforts are paying off, as evidenced by the team’s 6-1 record.

The Mustangs will face Manteca on Tuesday, April 1 (held after press time) and Sierra on Thursday, April 3. Both matches will be held at Manteca Park Golf Course.