The Oaks Golf team endured the elements with temperatures dipping into the 30s at the William Jessup Invitational. It was Menlo's first tournament of the spring, returning to action after a long layoff spanning back to the Holy Names Fall Invitational on October 5th. The Oaks finished the event in fifth place and were able to get key contributions from a number of their golfers.
Junior Dylan Braden put together the best score for Menlo, shooting an overall mark of 240, with Head Coach Bill Imwalle calling him "the most consistent Oaks player during the tournament." Braden's 240 gave him a tie for 15th out of 40 possible golfers while junior Kamalu Kaina finished tied for 19th with an overall score of 243. The trend of junior success continued with junior Cody Grimes shooting the best round of his career with a first round 79.
Menlo's other three golfers junior Javier Garcia and freshmen Patrick McNamara and Trevyn Reese put together final scores of 248, 271, and 273 respectively. The Oaks fifth place finish should be a sign of good things to come, as Imwalle is optimistic in his group of guys. "All things considered it was a successful event," commented Imwalle. "We can build on this tournament for the remainder of the season."
Menlo will take a few weeks off before getting back out on the greens for the Simpson Invitational in Redding, CA. The tournament is set to begin on March 12th