With the Valley Oak League title in the balance, the Oakdale Mustangs put together a team round to remember, posting three players in the 70s to capture the VOL Tournament title with a score of 409 and edging out second place East Union by 17-strokes Tuesday at Diablo Grande Country Club Ranch Course.
East Union got another shining performance from junior Will Brink, who finished the par-72 course in 75 swings, tied with Oakdale’s Ryan Jones for tournament medalist-honors. The victor was decided by a tie-breaker determined by the lowest score on the course’s back nine. Jones was a stroke better than Brink in the card-off, yet Brink’s season-long success still earned him VOL’s most valuable player.
“Team wise, we didn’t do nearly as well as we should have,” East Union head coach Dennis Wells said. “We’ve got sections coming up now, so we have to concentrate on that. Will getting the MVP was nice.
“Every single day we show up he brings it; I just have to get the other players on the team to do the same thing.”
The top three programs advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section tournament and both the Lancers and Mustangs will be joined by the Kimball Jaguars, who edged out the Sonora Wildcats by three strokes. The top six players not advancing with one of the three teams earned berth as well, with Manteca’s Justin Morrish and Sierra’s Drew Allen qualifying for the tournament.
The victory helps Oakdale capture its first outright VOL crown over the past three seasons in which it has combined for a 41-3 mark.