Lady Golfers Take Links For Win Over Man­teca

The Oakdale Leader - - SPORTS - By DEN­NIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oak­dale­leader.com

The 2018 Oak­dale girls golf team teed off their sea­son with a con­vinc­ing win over Man­teca to start the sea­son off right. This was a pre­sea­son, non-league con­test. The girls bat­tled Man­teca at Oak­dale Golf and Coun­try Club Tuesday, Aug. 21 and han­dled the Buf­faloes 215-301 in nine­hole ac­tion. Lead­ing the way for Oak­dale was Tay­lor Ste­wart. She shot a 37 on the day to lead all other golfers. Not too far be­hind was a trio of Mus­tangs as Makayla Chris­tiansen (40), Tori Blanc (41) and Lynn Lay­ton (43) all fin­ished in the top four. Round­ing out the day for Oak­dale were Mak­ena Men­doca (54) and Kailea Fogle­man (70).

On Wed­nes­day, Aug. 22 the girls hosted Rock­lin in a non-con­fer­ence show­down. Oak­dale de­feated Rock­lin 218-244 in nine holes. Lead­ing the way for Oak­dale was Shealyn Han­ra­han at 41. Blanc fin­ished the day just one stroke be­hind the leader and fin­ished with a score of 42. Chris­tiansen placed third with 44. Lynn Lay­ton was right be­hind Chris­tiansen with a score of 45. Com­plet­ing the day for Oak­dale were An­drea York (46) and Anna Holmes (63).

Oak­dale’s busy week came to a close on Fri­day af­ter­noon when they de­feated Pleas­ant Grove 211248. The road match was played at Ran­cho Muri­eta Coun­try Club. Madi Blanc led the team with a score of 39. Ste­wart and Han­ra­han came in sec­ond shoot­ing a 41 for Oak­dale. Tori Blanc and York each shot a 45 and Chloe Liekhus shot 52 on the day.

“This is by far the strong­est team on pa­per in Oak­dale girls golf his­tory,” said coach Lee McGhee.

With nine re­turn­ing play­ers, the team looks to live up to the hype.

“Now we just need to have that trans­late into low team scores,” McGhee said of the strong pa­per pres­ence. “See if we can match any of our low­est rounds from last year or sur­pass them. Sup­port­ing each other, work­ing towards our goals as a team and to be the best we can be each and every day.”

Oak­dale be­gan league play against Cen­tral Catholic on Mon­day, Aug. 27 fol­low­ing The Leader’s press time. This year, all Val­ley Oak League matches will play 18 holes.

“We are look­ing for­ward to the change in our league matches to em­u­late how play­offs are run,” McGhee noted. “We will no longer be the only sport that com­petes dif­fer­ently at the play­off level as our league play. Play­ing in the 18-hole for­mat will help all play­ers with play­ing in the play­offs in the same type of com­pe­ti­tion.”

The Lady Mus­tangs won’t have an­other league con­test un­til Sept. 10 when they take on We­ston Ranch on the road.

DEN­NIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Madi Blanc chips her way onto the green against Rock­lin. The Oak­dale Lady Mus­tangs golf team has high ex­pec­ta­tions this sea­son.

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