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Tide's Duvall aiming for final flourish

NORTH PLAINS — Jared Duvall was one frustrated golfer on Monday.

As in, feeling like a walking off the course type of frustrated.

That’s because the Glencoe senior, playing in the third Pacific Conference boys golf tournament of the season, started out his day with an 8-over-par 44, one of his worst nine-hole performances in years. His front nine included a shank into the woods that resulted in a double bogey, a shot into a hazard he could not clear out — forcing him to take a score of 7 on a par-3 — and another shot into the water.

Luckily for Duvall, a round is 18 holes. by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Glencoes Jared Duvall fires off a shot during Mondays Pacific Conference boys golf tournament at Pumpkin Ridge. Duvall led the Crimson Tide with a fourth-place individual finish.

“After the first nine, I was pretty psyched out,” Duvall recalled not long after finishing his round. “I didn’t want to play anymore. I had no confidence at all. But on the back I played free and easy.”

That seemed to help Duvall pull it together on the second half of his home course, Pumpkin Ridge’s Ghost Creek. He fired off a 2-under 33 for the best score of the day over the back nine, doing no worse than par on any hole. He even had cracks at eagles on two par-5s but ultimately settled for close birdie putts.

In all, the round added up to a 6-over 77, which landed Duvall in fourth place individually, two strokes back of Tigard’s Corey Floom. J.J. Paulson of Tualatin and Jon Holzgang of Tigard tied for second with matching 76s. The day marked the first time all spring that Duvall had finished out of the top two individually. The top returner in the conference from last season, Duvall finished first and tied for first, respectively, in this year’s first two league tournaments.

“I’m just in a slump right now. I’ll get out of it,” Duvall said. “It should be fine next week. I just need to get this out of the way, forget about this round.”

While Monday’s round of golf may not have been up to Duvall’s exacting standards, the senior still led the Crimson Tide to a fourth-place finish. Glencoe ended with a team score of 354. Tigard won with a 316, followed by Tualatin (327) and McMinnville (338). Century shot a 379 to finish seventh, while Hillsboro, missing a top golfer due to illness, wound up eighth (386).

Also for the Tide, Duvall’s classmate Isak Chun recorded one of his most solid varsity performances, tying for sixth individually with an 81.

He was also hot over the second half of the course, with his 34 second only to what Duvall posted.

Cameron Myers (91, tie for 24th), Taylor LaBonte (105, 35th) and Logan West (112, 37th) also participated for Glencoe.

With his high school career winding down, Duvall is looking to play college golf at Grand Canyon in Phoenix, but before that, later this spring, he hopes he can get back to the state tournament, where he would shoot for a top-five individual finish. He would like to help the Tide return there as well. Glencoe finished in a program-best tie for fifth place last season, with Duvall landing on the all-tournament team in 10th. But he is the only player back from that group.

“We still could get second in the league, I think,” Duvall said. “It all comes down to districts.”

As for the other Hillsboro-area teams, Jordan Sheffer piloted Century with an 87, finishing in 17th place.

Hilhi was led by Auston Sittion, whose 83 tied for 11th. The Spartans struggled in the absence of Josh Farlow, who Glencoe coach Tim Duvall said was running a 103-degree temperature ahead of the tournament. Hilhi took fourth at the first league tourney, which was staged at The Reserve, and third in last week’s event at Chehalem Glenn, just nine strokes behind second-place Tualatin.

Like Jared Duvall, Hilhi has the chance to get back on track this coming Monday, when conference play moves to the Tualatin Country Club.




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