The Falcons capture their first state title in over two decades

Last week was a big week for La Salle Prep’s boys golf team.

The Falcons won their first state championship in boys golf in two decades and they did it in runaway fashion.

La Salle had five golfers place in the top 10 in the 81-golfer Class 4A State Championship Tournament field and the Falcons outscored the runner-up team from Baker by 63 strokes, 652 to 715.

It was the Falcons’ first state boys golf championship since 1991 and only their fourth state team title in the sport in school history. The Falcons were also state champions in 1988 and in 1989. They’ve been second six times, in 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 2009 and 2010.

Getting the job done for the Falcons at last week’s state tournament were seniors Paul Bundy, Jake Maes and Brandon Tran, junior Austin Yeo and sophomore Eric Clemens.

Yeo headed up the effort for the Falcons, placing third in the field with a score of 159, and rounds of 84 and 75 for the par 72 Emerald Valley Golf Club course.

Yeo finished just a stroke back of co-medalists Tyler Franke of Sutherlin (158: 81-77) and Bryce Wortman of Mazama (158: 79-79).

Yeo’s teammates were all within 12 strokes of him. Bundy (163: 83-80), Clemens (164: 83-81) and Maes (168: 84-84) placed fourth, fifth and eighth respectively, and Tran (171: 89-82) tied for 10th place.

Lake Oswego won the boys team title in Class 6A, scoring 575 and finishing 10 strokes in front of the runner-up team from Westview. Lake Oswego had four golfers place in the top six. Leading the way were senior Clayton Madey and sophomore Cole Madey, both with a one-under-par tally of 143 for 36 holes at Trysting Tree Golf Club.

Westview senior Nick Baines scored six-under-par 138, with rounds of 71 and 67, for Class 6A boys medalist honors.

Oregon City senior Tyler Horne scored 163, with rounds of 79 and 84, to finish tied for 61st place in 6A.

West Linn (641) finished runner-up to Sheldon (624) at the Class 6A girls tournament. West Linn junior Sarah Archuleta shot an 8-over-par 152 (77 and 75) at Quail Valley Golf Course to lead the Lions. She was seventh in the field.

Canby senior Krissy Peterson had the highest finish of any Three Rivers League girl, placing sixth in the field with a 7-over-par 151 (79 and 72).

Clackamas sophomore Ally Bushman shot rounds of 99 and 95 and placed 45th in the 77-golfer Class 6A girls field.

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