Lake Oswego boys golf should be tough again in 2019
The Lake Oswego boys golf team left almost nothing on the table last spring.
Now, the Lakers would like to do it all over again.
Lake Oswego brings back four of the five players who competed at state last year and look well-heeled to battle for top honors in the TRL and state again.
"I think if our squad can play to our potential, we should have a good shot at defending our league title," said Lake Oswego coach Max Carter. "Our team is full of good ball strikers, (so) as long as we continue to improve our short game and continue to focus on what we can control, I think our team will be one of the best in the state again this year."
This year's Laker crew will be led by its quartet of returners — senior Jacob Brumfield (he placed 14th at state), senior Peter Bouchard (20th at state), sophomore Jacob Burnett (34th at state) and senior Michael Zhao (63rd at state).
"I expect good play from Jacob Brumfield, Michael Zhao, Peter Bouchard and Jacob Burnett," Carter said, adding that "the leaders of our team will be our three seniors."
That group will be joined by freshman Gavin Redpath and freshman Simon Grey — Carter said he expects both to play quite a bit of varsity this year.
"Both Gavin and Simon are questions marks as we haven't seen a lot of tournament play from them yet, but have both played awesome in qualifying rounds (and) both … have tournament experience before high school," Carter said. "These six all have the potential of separating themselves as some of the best players in the league. I wouldn't be surprised if we have three or four all-league players."
That said, nothing comes easily in the ever-tough Three Rivers League. The Lakers saw Tigard battle them to a regular-season tie in 2018 before Lake Oswego stepped up to win both days of the district tournament and secure its automatic berth to state. The Tigers also qualified for state and eventually finished fifth.
"The league will be strong (again) this year as Tigard and Tualatin have strong programs," Carter added.
To see the West Linn boys team preview, click here.