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Crook County High School graduate and current OIT star is top oregon finisher at Oregon Men's Stroke Play championships

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - Mayson Tibbs hits a shot out of a bunker at Pronghorn's Jack Nicklaus golf course two years ago during his freshman year in college. Tibbs was named an All-American earlier this year. Mayson Tibbs is slowly building an impressive golf resume.

After leading the Crook County High School golf team to a state championship as a junior in 2016, and finishing third as a individual in 2017, Tibbs enrolled at Oregon Institute of Technology, where he quickly became the team's star.

His freshman year in college he won the district championship. This year, as a sophomore, he set the school record for low average score for the season.

He also placed well up in the national standings and earned All-American status.

Now, Tibbs has completed possibly the biggest accomplishment of his career.

Playing against some of the top amateur players in the Western United States, Tibbs posted a 13-under-par 203 score over 52 holes to finish second in the Oregon Stroke Play Championships, which were held this past weekend at Eagle Crest Resort.

Playing on the Ridge Course, which Tibbs played frequently while in high school, he fired an 8-under-par 64 on Friday's opening day of competition to take a three-stroke lead.

Saturday, Tibbs cooled off a bit, shooing a one-under-par 71 as he dropped into a tie for second place in the event.

In Sunday's final round, Tibbs shot a four-under-par 68, to reclaim sole possession of second place in the event.

Kyosuke Hara of Honolulu, Hawaii, who was second after the first day of competition, used steady golf to edge Tibbs for the championship.

Hara shot identical rounds of 67 each day of the tournament as he finished the three days with a 15-under-par score of 201.

Craig Ronne of Klamath Falls finished in third place with a three-day total of 205, while Joe Neuheisel of Scottsdale, Arizona, was fourth with a score of 207.

Rounding out the top 10 were Nate Stemper of Portland, 209; Johnny Ward, Lake Oswego, 212; J.C. Riter, Beaverton, 214; Korban Romano, Vancouver, Washington, 214; Mason Bonn, Sherwood, 214, Carson Little, Portland, 214; and Kobie Lockwood, Bandon, 214.

All told, 71 golfers participated in the tournament, with just 16 breaking par.


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