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The Tualatin boys also qualify for the state tourney

by: DAN BROOD - SURE SHOT -- Tigard senior Damien Vonahelfeld chips onto the green on hole No. 15 during play Tuesday at the Pacific Conference boys golf district tournament, held at Quail Valley.BANKS — The Tigard High School boys golf team has sat proudly atop the Pacific Conference standings all season long.

So, the last thing the Tigers wanted to do was falter at the conference’s district tourney.

No need to worry.

Tigard completed its season-long sweep in Pacific Conference play by taking the top spot on the league’s district tournament, held Monday and Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course.

“That means a lot to us,” Tigard junior Colin McAninch said of the conference sweep. “I think this is the first time we’ve won all of them.”

And the Tigers won the two-day district event in impressive fashion. Tigard claimed the top spot with a two-round score of 644 strokes. That put the Tigers 18 shots ahead of second-place Tualatin, which had a total of 662.

by: DAN BROOD - THERE IT GOES -- Tualatin High School senior J.J. Paulson watches his drive on hole No. 17. “It was good,” Tigard senior Damien Vonahelfeld said.

Tigard and Tualatin will now both move on to play in the Class 6A state tournament, which will be held Monday and Tuesday, back at Quail Valley.

“We’re going to work hard and be ready,” Tigard senior Corey Floom said.

“We want to do well,” Tiger freshman Jon Holzgang added. “Since it’s here, I think it will help us. We have more experience with the course.”

“I think we’ll be the darkhorse,” McAninch said.

“We want to finish in the top four,” Floom said.

What will the Tigers have to do to reach that goal?

“We need to go out and play like we can,” Floom said.

“And have fun,” McAninch added.

The Tigers certainly seemed to have a good time at the Pacific Conference district event.

That held true for Vonahelfeld, who finished in third place in the individual standings for the event with a 10-over-par two-round score of 154. He also showed some consistency, shooting a 77 in each day of the tournament.

“I didn’t let my head get in the way,” Vonahelfeld said with a smile.

Tigard senior Nick Jones finished in fifth place in the individual standings with a two-round total of 160.

“I picked it up on the back nine,” he said.by: DAN BROOD - BUNKER TO BIRDIE -- Tualatin's CJ Luikart hits this shot out of the bunker on hole No. 14. The ball ended up going into the cup for a birdie.

Meanwhile, Holzgang picked things up in a big way in Tuesday’s second round. After carding an 89 on Monday, he came back to score a 76 on Tuesday, putting him in in a tie for eighth place in the standings with a total score of 165.

“The second day was good for me,” he said. “My putting and my irons were working.”

Floom had a two-round score of 169, which included an 81 in Monday’s first round. McAninch had a two-day score of 173, which included an 84 on Tuesday.

“I think we can do better next week,” Holzgang said.

Senior J.J. Paulson led the way for Tualatin at the district tournament. He finished in second place in the individual standings with a two-round score of 151. That put Paulson just one shot behind tourney medalist Jared Duvall of Glencoe, who carded a 150.

“I did pretty well,” Paulson said. “But that left me hungry. I’m going to try and get him by two shots next week.”

Paulson, who had a 75 in Monday’s first-round play at the district tourney, is taking high hopes to next week’s state event.

“I’m hoping to break par,” he said.

by: DAN BROOD - TIGER SHOT -- Tigard's Corey Floom chips onto the green during play Tuesday at the Pacific Conference district tournament.He’s also happy that the entire Tualatin squad is moving on to state.

“That was our main objective,” he said. “It’s nice to have that out of the way. We did OK here, but we can do better.”

Tualatin’s Jonathan Whittle and CJ Luikart each had a two-day score of 170 at the district tourney, each shooting an 85 in each round of the event.

Luikart provided one of the highlights for the Wolves on Tuesday, as he holed out on a bunker shot for a birdie on hole No. 14.

Also for Tualatin, JJ Carter had a two-day score of 172 and Jackson Ceserani shot a 173.

by: DAN BROOD - THE CHAMPS -- Tigard's (from left) Colin McAninch, Corey Floom, Damien Vonahelfeld, Nick Jones and Jon Holzgang claimed the Pacific Conference championship trophy.Individual qualifiers for the state tournament include Duvall, Joash Farlow of Hillsboro and Bryce Brooker of McMinnville.

Action at the Class 6A boys golf state tournament is slated to start at 12:15 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday.

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