The Mustangs hit the course hard this week, as they competed in the Hilmar Yellowjacket Invitational at Stevinson Ranch Golf Course on Monday, March 17 and packed up their golf bags and headed to Lathrop for a Valley Oak League match on Tuesday, March 18.
Seventeen schools and 84 high school golfers competed in the Yellowjacket Invitational, which included local schools and some from the Bay Area, including Mountain View. First place honors went to Mountain View as they shot a 349 total net score that was led by Brandon Yeh, who finished with a score of 83 on the day. Oakdale finished 13th overall as they shot a team effort 397 (48 strokes back of first place). The Mustangs sent five members of its golf team to Stevinson Ranch. Nathan Lute shined as he shot a team low 83 for the Mustangs. Lute’s efforts landed him a tie for fourth place on the overall leaderboard, only 10 strokes behind Hilmar’s Landon Azevedo for first place. Domenic Fauria finished the tournament with a score of 102 landing him in a three-way tie for 47th place. Two strokes behind him was Joshua Barrera, who turned in a score of 104. Barrera finished in a four way tie for 53rd. Rounding off Oakdale’s day were Logan Schultz and Austin Steves, who both finished the day with scores of 108. Schultz and Steves tied four others to finish in a six-way tie for 58th overall.
The boys also headed to Lathrop this past week to face the Spartans in a Valley Oak League matchup. Oakdale outshot Lathrop by 39 stokes as the Mustangs won easily 214-253. Lute once again set the tone for Oakdale as he turned in an impressive 35 score card. Two strokes behind him were Schultz, who also had a respectable afternoon as he shot 37 on the day. Barrera contributed with a solid 43 on his day for the Mustangs. Fauria (49) Steves (50) and Blaine Rocha (51) capped off the day for Oakdale. Sam Fallon led the Spartans with a score of 45.
“This week has gone well. Stevinson Ranch has a nice course but weather conditions affected everyone’s play. At one point there was a dust storm and that made it challenging for everyone,” explained Mustang Logan Schultz. “I was happy with my performance overall this week. I think that we can all improve if we concentrate on the game and not so much on the scorecards at the end of it.”
Oakdale was scheduled to host Valley Oak League opponent Weston Ranch on Monday March 24 after The Leader went to press.