Glencoe's Cameron places sixth at State
Glencoe's Casey Cameron is on his way to attending and playing golf at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, but before he goes, he had one thing left on his high school golf agenda — the state championships.
The Crimson Tide senior shot back-to-back 77's at the OSAA 6A State Golf Championships May 14-15, at Emerald Valley Golf Course in Creswell, and in the process finished sixth individually. Cameron, who signed a letter of intent to play golf at SWOCC in March, was an individual qualifier from the Metro League. He's been playing golf for roughly five years now and is excited about joining friends, Brent and Casey Spencer, and Kolby Loflin in Coos Bay next fall and playing for head golf coach Ray Fabien.
"Playing college golf has always been a huge goal for me," Cameron said. "I chose SWOCC because of the players, Coach Fabien, the school and the practice facilities."
Cameron, who was tied for seventh after round-1, started his second round with back-to-back bogeys, but then steadied the ship with five straight pars before making a birdie on the short par-4 eighth hole to get back to one-over-par. He then bogeyed the ninth to card a very respectable two-over-par 38 on the front side before a bogey at the tough par-3 11th hole dropped him to three-over. He managed three consecutive pars after that before a disastrous double bogey at the par-4 15th dropped him to 5-over, where he finished.
The soon-to-be graduate hopes to parlay his continually improving acumen on the course into a bigger opportunity down the road. Maybe even at a Pac-12 school beyond his two years at the community college in Coos Bay.
"College and college golf most importantly means new experiences and goals," Cameron said. "But my new found goal is to make a Division-I Pac-12 college."
Lincoln's Nate Stember won the individual championship, shooting 71-73 for and even par 144 total. Stember was followed by Jesuit's Brody Marconi (148), Andrew Reinhardt (148), Johnny Ward (149), and Samir Dutta (150). Cameron (154) was joined in sixth by Mountainside sophomore Danny Hext.
Jesuit ran away with the team competition shooting a two day total of 595. Mountainside was second at 653, Lake Oswego third at 659, Tigard fourth at 669, and Sheldon rounded out the top-5 with 671.