Underclassmen-heavy Crusaders take bronze in 6A

To get a sense of how wet behind the ears, but talented the Jesuit boys' golf team is, run your eyes down the 6A state tournament scoreboard on Monday and Tuesday at Trysting Tree Country Club in Corvallis.

PJ Hummelt tied for seventh place, shooting a 146 over two days. He's just a sophomore.

David Ganz tallied a 149 for 11th place. As a junior, he's the gray beard of the group.

Continue on down to freshmen Little Karomiris, Mike Petroff, Dylan Johnson and Cameron Johnson, who all threw up solid state scores and chipped into the total team score.

The distant future is not only bright for Jesuit boys' golf, but it just might be now, without further ado.

The Crusaders took third as a team, shooting a 597 with three freshmen, one sophomore and one junior suiting up for the Crusaders on the second day of a heated state competition. Petroff said the team goal was to break 300 on both days, and that they did, shooting a 298 on Monday and a 299 on Tuesday.

“The last two holes kind of got a few of us, they were tough but all in all we all played really solid,” said Ganz. "Taking top three at state is always good, so we'll come back next year and try to win it."

Hummelt said his mid and long irons were really working for him on each tournament day. They were going straight and true. Though his driver struggled a little bit and cost him a couple strokes, the sophomore said he hit it well and was proud of his showing.

“I felt very pleased, especially from last year. I improved a lot and was happy about that. Overall it was a good two days of play,” said Hummelt. “It was a little intimidating walking with the two seniors in my last group, but I think I performed pretty well, and I'll be the old kid next year.

“I'm really happy with how we finished this tournament, and I'm looking forward to the next couple because we have a young team and we should be even better.”

Both Westview and Jesuit knew they were the two good teams vying for second place behind Lake Oswego, the odds-on pre-tournament favorite. Petroff said Westview, who took second place, simply outplayed Jesuit over the two-day tournament and were hungry for payback after the Crusaders beat the Wildcats by a stroke in the final district match of the season. The rubber match between the Metro rivals won't be settled until next season when both teams return with a bulk of their roster. But, looking ahead to 2014 with a group of talented freshmen descending on Jesuit's campus, Ganz is already sure of next season's projections.

“They really wanted revenge, so they were out for blood. Westview came out and played really well and a couple of their guys played really big. Congrats to Westview, they played really well, but next year it'll be us,” said Ganz. “The biggest thing next year is making pars and avoiding bogies. It's staying away from the doubles (bogies) and really focusing on getting par.”

“We play well together and play off each other,” said freshman Carson Little, who competed on the first day. "I feel like when our teammates are doing well, we're all doing well.

“I think we're all really talented, and we can all play really good golf, so we just have to keep improving and making it happen in the tournament.”

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