Scappoose boys golfers rout Tillamook at Wildwood
Say this at least about the Scappoose boys golf team's Tuesday tournament — the Indians got their money's worth.
How you ask? The Indians got cloud-flecked skies and moderate temperatures. They got gloomy skies and intermittent downpours. They saw some thrilling hot streaks, and they had some "other" stretches, too.
Oh yeah, the Indians also blasted Tillamook in their two-team Cowapa League tournament at Wildwood Golf Course, finishing the 18-hole competition with a team score of 329 while the Cheesemakers finished 63 shots back at 392.
"I was pleased with our overall team performance," said Scappoose coach Weston Powers, noting that his team's score was just two shots off its season best. "There are still areas we can improve and I think we can shave a few more strokes off before the end of the season."
None of the Indians started particularly well on Tuesday, with all five of Scappoose's players 2-over-par or worse after the day's first two holes. Undaunted, the Indians settled in after that, with senior Jake Gray posting the day's second-best score, a 6-over-par 78. Sophomore teammate Chase Elliott was the next best finisher in the tournament, closing with a 7-over-par 79.
"Chase Elliott and Jake Gray both had solid rounds," Powers said. "Jake was steady all day and shot 39 on each side, (but) what really impressed me for Jake was how he closed the round, birdieing the last two holes.
"Chase had a solid back nine, shooting a 38. He showed a lot of mental toughness, finishing strong after a slow start."
Along the way, Gray notched three birdies and eight pars during his round, saving strokes on the par-5 seventh, the par-4 17th and the par-4 18th. Elliott, meanwhile, posted two birdies on each side, going 1-under on the par-5 fourth, the par-5 seventh, par-5 16th and the par-4 18th.
Scappoose senior Jack Eggers stepped up with his best round of the season at 86, an effort that included seven pars, including three straight on the 12th, 13th and 14th holes. Junior Jaden Holmason matched Eggers' 86 with a round that included five pars and no other score worse than his one double-bogey.
"Jack Eggers had his best round of the year with an 86 and Holmason played great as well with an 86," Powers said.
Senior Lucas Elliott was the team's fifth varsity player, finishing his day with a 92.
For Tillamook, senior Carter Lee — he was the Class 4A state runner-up last spring — shot a 4-over-par 76 for the best score of the day.
Lee bounced back from his own slow start — he was 6-over-par after three holes — to play the final 15 holes in 2-under-par.
The rest of the Tillamook lineup included Austin Weeks with a 94, Landon Werner with a 101 and Colin Farrier at 121.
While the Indians were happy with their final results, they kept their sights focused on the greater team goals ahead.
"We still have a lot of room for improvement in our course management, chipping around the greens, and you can always improve your putting," Powers said. "We know Valley Catholic is the team to beat this season, (but) if we keep grinding and getting better every day we have a shot at them."
Next up, the Indians face Seaside in Cowapa League competition at Alderbrook Golf Course in Tillamook at 2 p.m. Monday.