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Smith brothers both shoot 87s to lead the Crook County Cowboys to sixth overall

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Merritt O'Gorman, shown here earlier in the season, finished in second place overall in the girls 5A golf tournament. O'Gorman led the Cowgirls to an eighth-place team finish. Brothers Hogan and Palmer Smith led the Cowboys in the state tournament, both shooting rounds of 87, tying for 12th overall. As a team, the Cowboys finished sixth.

Both the Crook County High School boys and girls golf teams competed at the recent unofficial Class 5A state golf championships, which were held at Pine Ridge Golf Course in Springfield last Wednesday.

Individually, Merritt O'Gorman finished second in the girls tournament with a round of 92, while Hogan and Palmer Smith tied for 12th in the boys tournament with rounds of 87 to lead the Cowboys.

Redmond won the girls team championship with a team score of 393. They were followed by North Bend, 417, Silverton, 422, Crescent Valley 434, Corvallis, 448, St. Helens, 449, Scappoose 456, Crook County 460, La Salle Prep, 475, and Dallas, 488.

The boys team race was won by West Albany with a team total of 346. They were followed by Corvallis, 347, Crater, 349, Hood River Valley, 353, Thurston, 366, Crook County, 367, Lebanon, 380, North Bend, 381, Willamette, 386, Scappoose, 387, St. Helens, 399, The Dalles, 400, Silverton, 404, Springfield, 417, Churchill, 420, and North Eugene, 431. La Salle Prep and Crescent Valley also competed but did not have full teams complete the course.

Kellen Humphries of Thurston won the boys tournament with a round of 76, while Mercedes Marriott of Crescent Valley won the girls tournament with a score of 85.

Next in for the Cowboys following the Smith brothers was Carlos Sanchez, tied for 32nd with a round of 95. He was followed by Cayden Lowenbach, tied for 42nd with a score of 96, and Alex Iverson, tied for 47th with a round of 99.

After O'Gorman, next in for the Cowgirls was Kaiya Eller, who placed 23rd with a round of 111. She was followed by Emma Daniels, tied for 48th with a round of 123. Next in for the Cowgirls was Natalie Stefanek, who finished 62nd with a round of 134. The final Cowgirl golfer was Mattee Simmons, who finished 64th overall with a score of 145.

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