Crook County boys golf ties for sixth at 5A state championships
It wasn't the kind of tournament that Crook County had hoped for as the Cowboys tied for sixth place in the OSAA Class 5A State Boys Golf Championships, which were held at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis.
The Cowboys struggled to eighth place on Monday's first day of the tournament, posting a round of 360. However, the team improved dramatically on Day 2, finishing with a score of 344 for a two-day total of 704.
"The team had a tough first nine yesterday," head coach Zach Lampert said following the conclusion of Day 2. "But they battled back. It was good experience for them. Five of the six will be back next year."
As expected, Corvallis and its team of five seniors easily won the tournament with rounds of 311 and 322 (633 two-day total). Crater wound up in second place with a two-day total of 654. They were followed by La Salle Prep (664), Thurston (665), North Eugene (698), Crook County and Wilsonville (704) and The Dalles (706).
Junior William Koch came back from a one-stroke deficit after Day 1 to earn medalist honors with rounds of 70 and 73 (143). Senior Cole Rueck of Corvallis finished second with rounds of 69 and 76 (145). He was followed by seniors Mathew Forsyth of Churchill and Jaxon Wallis of Corvallis, each of whom posted two-day totals of 150.
Crook County was led by junior Palmer Smith, who struggled on Day 1 to a round of 83 but improved to a 75 on Day 2, good for 12th place overall with a two-day total of 158. Fellow junior Lucas Teskey posted scores of 91 and 84 (175) to finish next for the Cowboys.
"Palmer played well today," Lampert said Tuesday afternoon. "And Teskey also had a career best today."
Next in for the Cowboys was sophomore Alex Iverson with rounds of 95 and 90 (185). The Cowboys' lone senior, Tucker Bonner, posted a score of 91 on Monday to count in the scoring, but dropped to a 106 on Day 2, and did not factor in the scoring that day. Bonner finished with a two-day total of 197. Freshman Beau Parker played on Day 1 for the Cowboys posting a score of 98, but did not factor in the team scoring. Junior Jesse Wood replaced Parker on Day 2, firing a 95 as the two golfers combined for a two-day total of 193.
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