West Linn boys third in TRL tourney at Oswego Lake Country Club
It took three weeks to become clear, but the Three Rivers League boys golf race has finally established a pattern.
And that pattern is … there is no pattern.
Sure, Tigard bolstered its credentials as TRL favorite, winning for the second time in three tournaments on Monday, shooting a solid 308 to beat second-place Lake Oswego by 20 strokes at Oswego Lake Country Club.
But beyond that, the TRL race has been the golf course version of the wild, wild west. In addition to Tigard's two wins, Lake Oswego finished first in Week Two, three different teams have finished second, three different teams have finished third, three different teams have finished fourth and on and on and on.
And West Linn has been as big a part of the excitement as any team, finishing second, fourth and third in three weeks of TRL play.
"We could play better," said West Linn coach Kyle Sobotta, whose team is currently third in the season-long team points race. "We're struggling to take some practice round scores and translate them to the course. Overall, each kid was about 3-5 strokes higher than our practice rounds, (but) if we can translate some practice round scores to tournament golf, we'll be all right."
On Monday, junior Sebastian Hardin and sophomore Jackson Forsyth tied for team-low scoring honors, both shooting 83 at Oswego Lake to tie for 11th place overall.
"These are solid rounds for these two kids, but they know they have the potential to shoot lower," Sobotta said.
Following those two players, junior Hunter Johnston carded an 88, junior Carson Wood followed witha 91 and senior Jorgen Stauffer notched a 92.
While the Lions aren't where they want to be yet, Sobotta believes his team has the potential to get there.
"The season is still young," he said. "We'll continue to grow and build to get better and build up points as we enter the district tournament."
The complete team scoring was: Tigard 308, Lake Oswego 328, West Linn 345, Sherwood 346, Lakeridge 351, Canby 351, Tualatin 351 and Newberg 360.
In the season-long points race, Tigard leads the way with 40 points, followed by Lake Oswego's 34, West Linn's 30, Lakeridge's 22, Tualatin's 18, Sherwood's 16, Canby's eight and Newberg with zero.
Top individual finishers from other teams around the league were: Lake Oswego junior Jacob Brumfield, who shot a 2-over-par 74 to tie for medalist honors with Tigard junior Kai Alexander; Sherwood's Mason Bonn at 76; Canby's Sam Krauss at 77; Newberg's Simon Luedtke at 82; and Tualatin's Eli Lai at 85.
Next week, the TRL's boys will play at Tualatin Country Club with competition due to begin at 9 a.m. Monday.