The Eagles have two returnees from last year's state team

TIGARD — The Westside Christian High School boys golf team is hoping to have the right mix for success in the 2014 season.

“This year’s team has two returning varsity players balanced with some young talent and senior leadership,” Westside Christian coach Mike Hood said.

The Eagles two returnees from last year’s squad, which took fourth place at the Class 3A/2A/1A state tournament, are juniors Steven Olmstead and Cullen Kyte.

Olmstead finished in a tie for 16th place in the individual standings at last year’s state tourney with a two-round score of 171. Kyte, playing one round at last year’s state tournament, shot a 93 at the event.

Other members of the Westside Christian squad include freshman Zeke Quinlan, senior Scott Bingham, senior Ben Hester and sophomore Jack Myers.

“The key to our success is our team’s mental composure and playing through mistakes,” Hood said. “We have a talented group of players who are working hard and learning the subtle nuances of the game.”

The Eagles opened their season March 17 by finishing in 12th place in the team standings, with a score of 372, at the Tigard-Tualatin Invitational, held at Tualatin Country Club.

Kyte led the way for Westside Christian at that event with a round of 85. Olmstead shot an 89 and Quinlan had a round of 98.

The Westside Christian team will be back in action today (Thursday) when it plays in a District 7 tournament starting at noon at Redtail Golf Course.

On Monday, the Eagles will take on Catlin Gabel in a nine-hole match starting at 4 p.m. at Quail Valley.

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