A glorious season for the Oakdale High School girls golf program has reached a new high this past week. On Monday, Oct. 8 the team set two records at the Valley Oak League tournament. The fourth and final league contest took place at Oakdale Golf and Country Club where Oakdale took first place ahead of the other six teams.
On a day where five birdies were made by the Lady Mustangs, Oakdale shot 399 through 18 holes. This was the first time in school history that they shot under 400. Leading the way was Madi Blanc, who set a school record by shooting 68 on the day. Blanc had four birdies on the afternoon and finished four under par.
“It was one of those days where you’re not sure what was going to happen,” said Blanc. “I struggled on some holes and made key putts and chip shots that just happened to go in.”
Throughout most of the season Blanc has appeared at or near the top of the leaderboard amongst her peers.
“We are a competitive team that has grown up together,” said Taylor Stewart, who finished second overall with a score of 80. “As a senior, this year has been very special to me and I am glad to have played in this program with my friends.”
Also finishing in the top five overall in the tournament were Andrea York, Makayla Christiansen and Tori Blanc. York shot 83, while Christiansen and Blanc turned in a score of 84. Shealyn Hanrahan placed seventh overall at 88.
Oakdale’s historic and dominant day proved to be too much for the others in the Valley Oak League. Second place team Kimball shot 492 on the day, a 93 stroke difference.
“You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink,” said Oakdale’s coach Lee McGhee. “Coach Jeremey Fields and I want to express how much dedication and hard work the girls have put into this year. We as coaches are very proud of how they carry themselves on the course and their work ethic has shown through their results.”
On Monday, Oct. 15 the girls wrapped up their regular season with the Valley Oak League Championships. The 18-hole event took place at Manteca Park Golf Course following The Leader’s press time.
Next Monday, Oct. 22 Oakdale will participate at the CIF Division III Playoffs at Rancho Del Rey Golf Course in Atwater.