The Crook County Cowboys were unsuccessful in their bid to repeat as OSAA Class 4A state golf champions.
The Cowboys fired a two-day total of 345-360 —705, which was two strokes better than their winning total in 2016, but it wasn't enough as the team finished eighth overall at the tournament, which was held Monday and Tuesday at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis.
"We actually ended up a couple of shots lower for our two-day total than we did last year," Crook County head coach Zach Lampert said. "The other teams got a little better for sure, and this golf course was a little bit easier than Emerald Valley that we played last year, so that factors into the scores a little bit. So I guess just making it there and being in the middle of the pack was probably a pretty good accomplishment, if you look at it in hindsight."
As has happened all season, the Cowboys were led by senior Mayson Tibbs, who finished third overall with rounds of 75-73 — 148.
It was the second consecutive year that Tibbs was third at the tournament.
"He hit the ball really, really well," Lampert said. "He just struggled on the greens a bit. He didn't really make any putts, and the guys ahead of him made a few more putts than he did. He played really well, he just couldn't get the ball in the hole."
Lampert added that the greens were bumpy, which didn't help any of the Cowboys' confidence.
Craig Ronne, of Klamath Union, who was second last year, won the tournament with a five-under-par score of 69-68 — 137. He was followed by Carter Lee, of Tillamook, with rounds of 70-72 — 142. Tibbs finished next, followed by Nathan Mapes, of Scappoose, (80-75 — 155) and Trey Wortman, of Mazama, (78-78 — 156).
Chase Elliot, of Scappoose, who was second after the first day, fell into a tie for ninth after shooting rounds of 72-88 — 160.
Lampert noted that most scores were higher on the second day because of high winds on the course.
"The winds were really howling," he said. "Our scores were a little higher on the second day, but the wind really blew hard."
Chad Desjardins, a senior, was the second Cowboy in, tying for 25th with rounds of 86-90 — 176. He was followed by fellow senior Keanan Espinosa with scores of 89-90 — 187, good for 42nd place.
The final Cowboy counting in the scoring was freshman Brodie Kuizenga, who posted scores of 95-99 — 194.
Tannon Joyner, a freshman, played on day one for the Cowboys with a round of 129. Fellow freshman Trenton Brinkley replaced Joyner for the second day and finished with a round of 112.
Scappoose easily took the team championship, firing rounds of 310-228 — 638 to finish more than 20 strokes ahead of second-place Klamath Union (331-331 — 662).
Valley Catholic finished third with scores of 331-333 — 664. They were followed by Marshfield, 340-346 — 686, Stayton, 347-341 — 688, and Mazama, 334-356 — 690.
Sutherlin/Oakland was seventh, with a score of 701. Crook County, sixth after day one, fell to eighth in the final standings. Rounding out the top 10 were Baker/Powder Valley, 705, and McLoughlin, 716.
"I was happy with the progress we made from the start of the year to the scores that we were shooting at the end of the year," Lampert said. "Some of those freshmen came along, and Brodie especially played well down the stretch. I think he will be one that we are going to lean on heavily now as we move forward. We have to fill some big shoes with Mayson leaving."