Crook County struggles to high score at Eagle Crest
Young and inexperienced, the Crook County Cowboys are struggling with consistency.
Although the Cowboys cut out some of their high scores on Friday, the end results weren't any better as the golf team struggled to a score of 415 as they finished 12th in the 13-team Raven Rumble.
"We struggled a little bit again," Crook County head coach Zach Lampert said. "Nobody really felt like they played their best. Brodie Kuizenga hung in there and got under 100, but everyone else was over that."
Lampert added that the result was especially disappointing because he thought that the course would be easier than the courses on the two previous tournaments that the Cowboys had played.
"I thought they would be a little bit better today just because the course wasn't as hard, but they had it stretched out pretty long," he said. "It was longer than we had played on the other two events, and that might have played into our scores a little bit."
Summit won the team title at the tournament with a score of 309. Valley Catholic, a Special District 1 rival of the Cowboys, was second with a round of 321. Rounding out the top five were Bend, 334, Seaside, 349, and Scappoose, 349.
Both Seaside and Scappoose are also in the Cowboys' special district.
"It's a pretty tough league this year," Lampert said. "We've got a long ways to go, but we will keep working at it."
Kuizenga led the Cowboys with a round of 97, good enough for 42nd place in the 71-man field.
Trenton Brinkley was next in for the Cowboys, tying for 56th place with a score of 103. Cayden Lowenbach was next in for the Cowboys, finishing 62nd with a score of 106, while Matthew Fraser was the final Cowboy to count in the scoring with a round of 109.
Hogan Smith, who was the final Cowboy to play in the tournament, struggled home in 67th place with a round of 115.
"They actually did a better job of not having as many high numbers," Lampert said. "They were just not consistently as good. There were a lot of double bogies and not enough pars. I thought it was good that we didn't have nines or 10s on the score card like we did the week before, so that's some positive to take away."
The Cowboys were back in action on Monday when they played at the Bend Senior High Invitational, which was be held at Bend Golf and Country Club, another long and difficult course.
Following Monday's tournament, the Cowboys have three days to practice before playing again on Friday at the Summit Invitational, which will be held at Broken Top Golf Club. Tee times begin at 11 a.m.
At Eagle Crest Ridge Course
Team scores — Summit 309, Valley Catholic 321, Bend 334, Seaside 349, Scappoose 349, Ridgeview 353, Roseburg 361, Marshfield 369, Canby 379, Hermiston 395, Redmond 396, Crook County 415, La Pine 425.
Top 10 — Isaac Buerger, Ridgeview, 73. William Fleck, Summit, 73. Cole Schmidlin, Valley Catholic, 76, Jackson Murphy, Summit, 77, Andrew Pambeck, Valley Catholic, 77, Parker Krovisky, Bend, 77, Cole Heinsen, Valley Catholic, 78, Hayden Klein, Summit, 79, Chase Elliott, Scappoose, 79, Hunter Endicott Roseburg, 79.
Crook County (415) — 42. Brodie Kuizenga, 97. T56, Trenton Brinkley, 103, Tie 62, Cayden Lowenbach, 106. T64, Matthew Fraser, 109. T67, Hogan Smith, 115.