Clayton Madey wins the individual boys title while the Laker girls advance in a tiebreaker

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Clayton Madey hits a putt during his second-day round of 67 which helped him rally for the district title.It was a dramatic and impressive showing for the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge golf teams at Stone Creek in Oregon City last week.

The Lake Oswego boys rolled to the district title, posting some incredibly impressive scores as they capped an undefeated regular season.

The Lakers were led by Clayton Madey who fired a 75 on day one and trailed by four strokes behind Jake Reiff's 71.

Madey then posted an incredible round of 67 on Tuesday to finish the tournament at two-under par for a two-stroke victory.

“Clayton's ball striking was just phenomenal. He was doing everything well,” Laker coach Jason Owens said.

Reiff shot another strong round on Tuesday with a 73 and was the top individual qualifier for state.

Lake Oswego won the event over Canby by 25 strokes.

Riley Elmes finished in fourth place individually with a two-day total of 145. Alex Wrenn was close behind with a 147 while Connor Tallman and Cole Madey each played rounds for Lake Oswego in the tournament and finished with a two-day combined total of 147 as well.

Heading into the state tournament at Trysting Tree in Corvallis, the Lakers are a strong contender to capture another state championship.

“We're just doing a lot of putting drills and working on short game to stay sharp,” Owens said.

And virtually any one of Lake Oswego's varsity players should also pose a significant challenge for the individual title as well.

For the Pacers, Cade Lawson shot a personal best 74 on Tuesday to finish with a 151 while Jon Grace finished with an impressive two-day total of 156.

In the girls tournament, Lake Oswego entered knowing that it would need to finish in second place to have any chance of qualifying the team for state.

Even then, the Lakers would need to win a tiebreaker to advance to state. In two league tournaments, Lake Oswego won tiebreakers against both Clackamas and Canby to still be in contention to place in the top two.

The Lakers were terrific in the two-day event and ended up topping Canby by 15 strokes. Alexa Huewe led the way for the team, continuing her strong second half to the season. She got off to a very strong start with a 39 on her opening nine holes.

“Alexa's been hitting the ball really well. She just needs to stay away from that one bad hole,” coach Mark Shoff said. She followed an 88 with an 85.

Stephanie Bell and Jessica Lee were steady and consistent as well with Lee cracking 90 in a round for the first time in her career.

Claire Carter also continued to improve, solidifying Lake Oswego's No. 4 position which helped vault the Lakers past Canby. She fired a 97 followed by a 101.

However, with the teams tied in points, the tiebreaker for second place came down to Lake Oswego and Canby's No. 5 golfer on the second day of districts.

Taylor Yob fired a 107 for the Lakers which was two strokes better than Canby's No. 5, giving the Lakers the narrowest of victories.

“It will be great to get our younger players to state to have that experience,” Shoff said.

For Lakeridge, Sonya Swanson had her best showing of the year with a two-day score of 185, shooting a 91 and 94.

The girls state tournament will be held at Quail Valley.

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