Crook County wins final invitational before regionals
The Crook County Cowboys couldn't have picked a better time to play their best golf of the season.
The Cowboys fired a season-low score of 332 on Thursday as they won the Sisters Invitational, which was held on the Glaze Meadows course at Black Butte.
"It didn't play super long, but it's pretty tight with a lot of trees and dog legs, and the wind was blowing pretty good, so I thought the guys played well," said Crook County head coach Zach Lampert. "It was our low for the year by about eight strokes or something like that."
Carson Hunt of Cascade earned medalist honors, shooting a four-over-par 76.
Crook County golfers took the next two spots, with Brodie Kuizenga firing a 77 and Hogan Smith a 78.
"I was happy for Hogan," Lampert said. "He's been wanting to get in the 70s and trying to put it together, and he's had one hole that has given him trouble, or one bad nine quite a bit this year, and he was finally able to put it together, and Brodie is playing really well right now. I think he's hitting the ball good, so he's starting to come into form at the right time."
Rounding out the scoring for Crook County were Trenton Brinkley, 88, and Carlos Sanchez, 89.
Cayden Lowenbach, 92, and Addison Peer, 93, also played in the tournament.
The Cowboys' 332 was good enough to win by more than 30 strokes.
Ridgeview, which won the Intermountain Conference Championship, finished second with a round of 369. However, their top golfer, Isaac Buerger, did not play in the tournament.
Lampert said that would have made about 30 strokes difference in their score.
"So even Ridgeview on their best days have not been much lower than what we shot today," Lampert said. "So that kind of gives us an idea of what we are capable of."
Stayton finished third, 390, Sweet Home fourth, 392, and Sisters fifth, 450, while Cascade, Cottage Grove, Junction City and Marshfield also played, but did not field complete teams.
The Cowboys started the regional tournament on Monday in Hood River, hoping to continue their hot play.
Teams from The Dalles, Hood River Valley, Crook County, Scappoose, La Salle Prep and St. Helens are at the two-day tournament, with the top two teams in the 36-hole event qualifying for the state tournament, which will be held Monday and Tuesday, May 13-14 at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis.
"The Northwest League was pretty comparable to our league, so it looks like we should be right in the mix at the regional tournament," Lampert said. "It is just going to depend on who is going to play well over at Hood River."
Ridgeview, which won the Intermountain Conference title, has already qualified for state, as has Wilsonville, the winner of the Northwest League.
Glaze Meadows Course
at Black Butte Ranch
Team scores — 1. Crook County, 332. 2. Ridgeview, 369. 3. Stayton, 390. 4. Sweet Home, 392. 5. Sisters, 450. Cascade, Junction City, Cottage Grove and Marshfield also competed, but did not field complete teams.
Medalist — Carson Hunt, Cascade, 76.
Top 10 — 1. Carson Hunt, Cascade, 76. 2. Brodie Kuizenga, Crook County, 77. 3. Hogan Smith, Crook County, 78. 4. Trae Knabe, Junction City, 82. 4. Justin McMahon, Ridgeview, 82. 6. Evan Massena, Stayton, 85. 6. Parker McMahon, Ridgeview, 85. 8. Brayden Keesee, Sweet Home, 86. 9. Trenton Brinkley, Crook County, 88. 10. Carlos Sanchez, Crook County, 89.
Crook County (332) — Brodie Kuizenga, 77. Hogan Smith, 78. Trenton Brinkley, 88. Carlos Sanchez, 89. Cayden Lowenbach, 92. Addiston Peer, 93.