The dream is alive for the Clackamas boys golf team, as well as for three individuals from Nelson.
The Cavaliers and Hawks, competing in the Mt. Hood Conference district tournament at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland on Tuesday, May 3, showed they were up to the challenge. Clackamas finished fourth in the event with a score of 331 to earn a berth in the upcoming regional tournament, while Nelson freshman Ben Long, junior Jakob Stepaniak and freshman Oskar Stepaniak qualified for regionals as individuals.
"It was a grind out there, (but) the rest of our team fought hard today and had some good scores," said Clackamas senior Alex Lasko, who shot a 7-over-par 80 to finish fifth overall. "I'm excited to get going at regionals next week. We would love to qualify for state as a team."
"I'm extremely happy with our team's overall performance because we were able to set the team's lowest-ever total score, as well as having three of our players qualify as individuals for regionals," said Jakob Stepaniak, who finished 13th overall with an 11-over-par 84.
The complete team scoring included: Central Catholic 324, Barlow 327, David Douglas 329, Clackamas 331, Nelson 350, Sandy 390, Gresham inc.
With the win, the Rams — who also won every MHC regular-season tournament in 2022 — qualified automatically for the Class 6A state tournament. Central Catholic senior Gavin Swartley won medalist honors by shooting a 2-over-par 75.
Automatic individual qualifiers to state included: Clackamas freshman Kyle Tzeo, second overall after shooting a 3-over-par 76; and Barlow senior Alex Lowery, third overall with a 5-over-par 78.
The Cavaliers' efforts were led by Tzeo, Lasko, freshman Luke Clarizio (13th overall with an 11-over-par 84), a 91 from senior Carson Long and a 96 by senior Alex Souvannavong.
"I did not play my best golf today, but I had a good time with my friends Gavin (Swartley) and Mason (Bratcher of Barlow)," Lasko said. "(And) I am (hopeful) that I will get to play with them at state this year."
For Nelson, Long led the way in ninth place overall with a 9-over-par 82. He was followed by: Jakob Stepaniak, 13th overall at 84; Oskar Stepaniak, 17th overall at 90; freshman Nolan Xiong, 94; and junior Kole Magden, 102.
"I'm happy with how I played today, although I felt like I could have played better," Jakob Stepaniak said. "(But) I was able to qualify as an individual for regionals."
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