Four Oakdale High School student-athletes have signed their commitment letters to play college golf beginning in the fall. Lady Mustang golfing standouts, Madi Blanc, Makayla Christiansen, Allie Denning and Andrea York will all be advancing their education and golfing careers at the college level. Three of the four will be attending college in California and one will be moving to Indiana for college.
Madi Blanc will be attending Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She will be attending the school with a career goal of becoming a nurse.
“It’s a four year program and the school will be working with me on my busy golf schedule so I am fortunate to find a school that is accommodating to that,” said Blanc.
She is looking forward to the big move and the next chapter in her life.
“I always considered myself independent and this will be a big step. I will be sad moving that far but I know it is best for me and my future.”
Blanc credited her golf coach Carrie Arnold and her parents with being the most inspirational people in helping her decide on her college future.
Also focusing on becoming a nurse is Makayla Christiansen. She will be attending Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California.
“I liked the school and how small it was, it makes it seem like it will be an easier transformation for me,” said Christiansen.
She added that she visited the campus and it made her feel like home as well.
“I’m excited for the new experiences that college and college golf will provide. I’m looking forward to the competition and working with my new teammates.”
Allie Denning will be staying closer to home as she will be attending Modesto Junior College.
“I’m a family girl and wanted to stay near my family and friends,” said Denning.
She is entering college undecided on a major but said she will keep her options open. Denning said she is looking forward to attending MJC and playing golf for the Pirates.
Denning credits her dad, Robert Denning, as being her main inspiration.
“His support has meant so much to me and I know he will be just as encouraging to me at MJC as well.”
Andrea York will be attending University of Redlands. York had many options and ultimately decided that Redlands was the best option for her and her future.
“Once I saw the campus and realized that the education and academics was the school’s priority I knew that that is where I belonged,” said York.
She is undecided on a final career choice at the moment but her goal is to major in law. The school is in Southern California and that also played a part in York’s decision.
“I wanted to stay in California and by the shore is amazing,” she shared. “I am looking forward to playing golf and furthering my education.”