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Oakdale Takes Key Golf Wins, Ready For EU
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A chip out of the bunker finds its way near the pin for Reid Souza in a VOL match with Sierra last week. - photo by IKE DODSON/THE LEADER
Having already defeated East Union High on the Lancers’ home course, Oakdale’s prep golf team is in prime position to break a first place tie and gain good footing on a Valley Oak League title when the two teams square off at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club on Thursday, April 14.
Oakdale stayed atop the league ladder when they ousted visiting Sonora in a 214-220 showdown on April 5 to avenge the Mustangs’ only loss of league competition.
Since East Union and Sonora also face off this week, Oakdale can stay the only team with one loss and force Sonora and East Union to battle for second place positioning with a win on Thursday.
Either way, it all comes down to the 18-hole conference championship tournament at the Greenhorn Creek Resort in Angels Camp on May 3.
“They are focused on lowering their scores each day,” Oakdale coach Lee McGhee said. “We got (East Union) by three at their place so it could be a coin flip here.
“Hopefully we come into that match with the right frame of mind and have a good day against one of the other top teams in the league.”
Ian Stogdell landed a 39-stroke medalist performance against Sonora and saw sharp scores from Isaac Rellamas (40), Ryan Jones (44), Reid Souza (44) and Michael Tripp (47).
Tripp shot the team’s lowest score of the season (36 strokes) in a 211-240 non-league win over Buhach Colony on Friday. Oakdale had also ousted Sierra in a 211-241 landslide in VOL action on April 7 after a 39 medalist score from Jones. Stogdell shot a 40 while Souza (42), Tripp (43), Rellamas (47) and Connor Gust (47) contributed in the win.
Oakdale will spend time to play a full round in preparation for the 18-hole stanzas to close the year.
The team’s top-six golfers are all capable of landing top scores in each match, and should translate that depth to some solid scores over a longer period of golfing.