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Oakdale Looking For Strong Showing in Divisionals
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The Oakdale High golf team has turned in quality match after quality match and that did not change during the squad’s performance in the Valley Oak League Tournament.
The Mustangs turned in a third place performance at Lockeford Springs Golf Course, coming in behind eventual VOL Champion Sierra High and second place Sonora.
“By the end of the season we were a strong team that shot 202 at our own course twice the last week of the season,” Oakdale head coach Lee McGhee said. “We were knocking on the door for Sierra and Sonora. Unfortunately they answered the door instead of letting us storm it down.”
Oakdale turned in a collective round of 433, just 20 strokes off of Sonora’s 413 and 36 strokes behind the talented Sierra group.
Oakdale No.1 Austin Whitworth did his best to walk away from Lockeford Springs as the VOL’s MVP, but a tiebreaker ruling left the junior standout wondering what went wrong.
“He played two practice rounds there and he didn’t play well in either round,” McGhee said of Whitworth’s round. “But he had taken notes about all of the holes and mapped out the greens and how they rolled.
“Austin really turned in a great round.”
The Oakdale standout shot a 73 that left him tied with East Union nemesis Kyle Harman. Both players shot 36 on the front nine and 37s on the back, leaving their scorecards knotted at 73.
Rules in play turned the players back to their scorecards instead of the tee-box, making their score over the final three holes the deciding factor of the medalist honor and in result the league MVP honors.
Harmon notched a birdie on hole 16 while Whitworth earned a bogey, which tied the two in the round, but would eventually spell doom for the Oakdale junior.
The Mustangs will use a strong showing during the league tournament to push ahead in the Divisional tournament at Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln for Division IV action.
The Mustangs will play their entire team, looking to make a surprising splash amongst a talented field.
“Our mindset is a quiet confidence,” McGhee said. “As if we are the ones to beat. As if we are the players that everyone else is going to have to beat.
“As the third place team from the VOL we will not be expected to do anything but I have the confidence in our guys and hope they play well.”
Results for the May 5 tournament will be in the May 12 issue of The Leader.