Lakeridge's Aaron Buck wins regional golf tournament
Lakeridge's Aaron Buck wasn't quite ready to be done.
Buck, a sophomore on the Lakeridge boys golf team, made that obvious with his play on Tuesday at the 6A Special District 2 regional tournament at the OGA Golf Course in Tukwila.
Buck shot a 3-over-par 75 to finish first in the regional field. In the process, he secured an individual berth at the upcoming Class 6A state tournament, set Monday and Tuesday at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell.
"His resilience and focus paid off with his low round of the year in competition," said Lakeridge coach Eric Antonini. "I'm so proud of everything he's accomplished this year and look forward to seeing him flourish at the state tournament next week."
While Buck finished at the head of the field, he wasn't playing from the lead all day. No indeed. He was 6-over-par through 14 holes and working through his fair share of struggles.
But Buck caught fire late, playing the last four holes 3-under-par, holing out for an eagle from 75 yards on the 364-yard par-4 15th, getting up and down for par on 16, birdieing the par-3 17th, and finishing with a solid two-putt par from 12 feet on 18.
"Nothing seemed to be going his way halfway through his front nine," Antonini said. "But he showed tremendous poise and kept grinding. He was 6-over-par through 14 and then went on a tear."
On the team front, the tournament's two Class 6A state spots went to Tigard (the Tigers shot 315) and Central Catholic (318).
In addition to Buck, West Linn junior Sebastian Hardin (he shot 79 and finished ninth), Tualatin sophomore Bryce Hatcher (79 and ninth), West Linn sophomore Jackson Forsyth (81 and 12th) and Centennial freshman Sam Schuhl (82 and 13th) also qualified as individuals.