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The Newberg sophomore finishes two shots behind the final qualifier at the OSAA Regional Tournament May 8

WOODBURN – After shooting the best round of his life on the second day to advance out of districts, Newberg sophomore Simon Luedtke was pretty much on a free roll May 8 at the OSAA 6A regional tournament at the OGA Golf Course.

Making it to regionals was his biggest goal for the season, so everything from that point on was icing on the cake. SETH  GORDON - Sophomore Simon Luedtke chips from off the green during the OSAA 6A regional tournament May 8 at the OGA Golf Course in Woodburn. Luedtke fired an 84 to finish two strokes out of the final qualifying spot for the state tournament.

Despite a rough start, Luedtke was in contention for the fifth and final individual qualifying bid to state after settling down during the middle of his round.

Unfortunately, a three-hole stretch that saw him go four-over par ultimately undid his round, as he carded an 84 to finish two shots behind the final qualifier, freshman Sam Schuhl of Centennial.

"Some of that is nerves and just being amped up a little bit too much, but once he settled into the round, I thought he played really well for a seven or eight-hole stretch," NHS coach Luke Lindell said. "He was hitting fairways, hitting greens and just playing even-par golf, just steady. He just couldn't close maybe the way he wanted to."

Despite the ups and downs, which included a triple bogey on his first hole, Luedtke kept the round in perspective.

"I really enjoyed the experience," he said. "My goal was to get top 20 and I did that. It's a good transition for next year when my goal is to go to state."

Luedtke said he made great strides with his short game over the final month of the season and intends to focus on his long irons over the summer. He also plans to organize some fall training sessions in hopes of pushing Newberg to qualify for regionals as a team when it moves to the Pacific Conference for the next four years.

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