For the second consecutive tournament, the Menlo Oaks fought through difficult weather to finish in 5th place at the Simpson Invitational. The rain soaked conditions put a halt to play midway through the second round making day two only nine holes of play, instead of the normal 18.
Although Menlo had hoped for a better placing in a rainy Redding, CA, freshman Patrick McNamara
showed us once again his enormous potential by shooting an overall score of 119, good enough for a 7th
place finish out of 30 possible golfers. For Head Coach Bill Imwalle
, this could be a sign of good things to come heading into the final stretch of events. "Patrick has had two really good results in the last two tournaments, so hopefully he will carry us into the Cal Pac Championships," commented Imwalle on his freshman sensation.
As far as the Oaks other golfers are concerned, junior Kamalu Kaina put together a second straight stellar showing, posting an overall score of 127 which put him in 12th place. Juniors Dylan Braden, Javier Garcia, and Cody Grimes finished 15th, 16th, and 17th respectively with Braden shooting an overall score of 134.
The Oaks will attempt to build on the Simpson Invitational as they return to action with the Menlo/Maritime Invitational beginning on Sunday April 3 in Vallejo, CA. Head Coach Bill Imwalle is optimistic in Menlo's chances going into the event as long as they can find a way to play up to their potential. "We need everyone to play more consistent, there are too many ups and downs right now," claimed Imwalle.