Oakdale coach Lee McGhee had the luxury of preparing for the future, while making sure the Mustangs celebrated the school's first Sac-Joaquin Section golf championship.
"It was a great mix of quality kids who have been on the course for years and good athletes taking up golf," McGhee said. "I had three seniors in the final six, but I also had six freshmen who I could have taken to about any match and still have been competitive."
That depth helped the Mustangs to a Valley Oak League crown and the section Division 4 title -- ending Colfax's string of three straight titles.
"Another benefit we have is playing matches at Oakdale Golf & Country Club, so these guys play a difficult course throughout the season," said McGhee, The Bee's Coach of the Year. "When we go to divisionals or the Masters, we're used to those tough courses."
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Oakdale's top six were Austin Whitworth -- who went to the Northern California Tournament -- Ian Stogbell, Kyle Derby, Garrett Martin, Connor Gust and Michael Trip.
McGhee, The Bee's Coach of the Year for girls in 2004, said the foundation provided by his father Wayne McGhee has helped shape his career.
"I always start the season by reminding myself to emulate the positive influence my father had on his players and on my life," McGhee said.
-- RICHARD T. ESTRADA