West Linn boys fight to third in Three Rivers golf; regionals next
The dream is still alive for the West Linn boys golf team.
The Lions, after two days of play in the Three Rivers League district tournament — back-to-back 18-hole tournaments held Monday and Tuesday at Stone Creek Golf Course in Oregon City — finished third in the TRL and are alive and well for another shot at a berth in the Class 6A state tournament.
While Lake Oswego's boys edged Tigard to win the TRL title (and an automatic berth to state), the Lions finished third in league and secured a spot in the upcoming regional tournament at the OGA Golf Course in Woodburn at 10 a.m. Monday. At regionals, West Linn (along with Tigard and Tualatin) will face the second, third and fourth-place teams from the Mt. Hood Conference with the top two finishers earning team berths to state.
"A lot of teams' seasons are over today, but we did what we needed to do in order to continue our season to the next round," said West Linn coach Kyle Sobotta. "Our guys played steady, but we're still looking to get the best out of them and improve daily in preparation for the regional tournament."
The Lions finished fourth on each day of the district tournament, shooting a 338 on Monday and coming back with a 333 on Tuesday to cap their solid regular season. In the season-long team scoring race, Lake Oswego finished first with 90 points, followed by Tigard at 84, West Linn at 60, Tualatin at 54, Lakeridge at 44, Sherwood at 34, Canby at 26 and Newberg at zero.
"The results mean our season is still alive," Sobotta said. "We try to take it one step at a time. Our goal was to earn enough points in the season to prepare for the district tournament, perform well in the district tournament (and then) make it to regionals."
On Monday, junior Sebastian Hardin shot a 6-over-par 78 — tied for the third-best score of the day — to lead the Lions' efforts, followed by sophomore Jackson Forsyth at 85, junior Hunter Johnston at 87, senior Jorgen Stauffer at 88 and junior Carson Wood with an 89.
Sherwood's Mason Bonn won Monday's tournament with a 2-over-par 74, followed by Tigard's Nathan Mallory at 75.
Monday's complete team scoring was: Lake Oswego 317, Tigard 332, Sherwood 333, West Linn 338, Tualatin 341, Lakeridge 341, Canby 357 and Newberg 377.
Tuesday's tournament followed a similar path, with the Lions taking fourth at 333. Hardin paced West Linn again with a 78, followed by Forsyth at 79, Stauffer with an 87, Johnston at 89 and Wood with a 92.
Tuesday's complete team scoring was: Lake Oswego 308, Tualatin 317, Tigard 319, West Linn 333, Lakeridge 336, Canby 339, Sherwood's 345 and Newberg's 349.
"Sebastian Hardin has been a steady leader for our team this year," Sobotta said. "He saved his best golf of the year for the right time — the district tournament. … He needs to realize the potential that we all know he has to be a dominant competitor. I'm glad he got a glimpse of how great we know and expect him to be."
Lake Oswego's Jacob Burnett won Tuesday's tournament with a 74, followed by Tualatin's Bryce Hatcher and Eli Lai at 75, and Lakeridge's Aaron Buck and Lake Oswego's Jacob Brumfield at 76.
"Our next goal is to play 18 solid holes of golf at regionals and make it to state," Sobotta added.
Sherwood's Bonn won TRL medalist honors, edging past Canby's Sam Krauss and Lake Oswego's Peter Bouchard.