Lake Oswego boys golfers place fifth at 6A state tournament
The goals could not have been higher for the Lake Oswego boys golf team.
The Lakers, after all, had already won the Three Rivers League regular season and the TRL's two-day district tournament to secure the league's automatic berth to the Class 6A state tournament.
While Lake Oswego was unable to replicate its level of success from the regular season at state, the Lakers were still pretty darned good. By the end of the two-day tournament — held Monday, May 13, and Tuesday, May 14, at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis — the Lakers shot 624 and finished fifth in the field of 14 teams.
"I think we did solid," said Lakers coach Max Carter. "I think we could have done better, but the kids fought hard."
The Jesuit boys team wrapped up its third straight Class 6A state crown on Tuesday, shooting 289 on Monday and 283 on Tuesday to finish at 572 and easily outdistance runner-up (and Metro League foe) Mountainside's 303-297—600.
The complete team scoring included: 1. Jesuit 289-283—572; 2. Mountainside 303-297—600; 3. Summit 314-300—614; 4. Central 311-309—620; 5. Lake Oswego 314-310—624; 6. Sunset 317-316—633; 7. West Salem 319-316—635; 8. Clackamas 322-318—640; 8. Bend 317-323—640; 10. Sherwood 329-316—645; 11. Lincoln 320-326—647; 12. Sheldon 329-322—651; 13. West Linn 330-324—654; 14. Newberg 336-336—672.
"It was relatively close between all the top teams," Carter said. "We were happy with how we played all year long."
Among Lake Oswego's individuals, seniors Jacob Brumfield and Michael Zhao led the way, with Brumfield shooting a 5-over-par 76 on Monday, then coming back with a 4-over 75 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 11th place at 151. Zhao, meanwhile, notched a 77 on Monday and a 78 on Tuesday to tie for 24th place at 155.
"Zhao, Brumfield and Bouchard, those guys were our studs, but hopefully, the young guys will step up and become leaders in the future," Carter said.
The Lakers' other state competitors' results included: freshman Simon Grey shot 80-77—157 to tie for 30th place; senior Peter Bouchard went 81-80—161 to tie for 44th; and sophomore Jacob Burnett posted an 83-80—163 to finish tied for 52nd.
"The first day, the pins were really tricky and the greens were really quick," Carter said. "And the second day, we had to deal with the (wet) conditions.
"But we were four shots better on the second day so it wasn't too bad as far as the conditions went."
Beyond that, Carter appreciated the experiences his team shared at the year's final tournament.
"The kids always have good memories of state and all the preparation that goes into it," he added.
For Lakeridge, junior Aaron Buck made his second straight state appearance as an individual and finished in a tie for 15th overall. He shot 77 on Monday and 75 on Tuesday to finish at 152.
"I'm ... proud of how well he held his composure, even when things were not going his way," said Lakeridge coach Eric Antonini. "He's learned to manage his emotions much better, which will serve him well this summer and going into next year."
Jesuit junior Andrew Reinhardt won the individual title after shooting 71-68—139 to take first at 3-under-par, while Lincoln senior Nate Stember finished a single shot back at 71-69—140. The rest of the tournament's top 10 included: Jesuit's Ethan Tseng 71-70—141; Mountainside's Mateo Fuenmayor 72-70—142; West Salem's Brandon Eyre 73-71—144; Jesuit's Brody Marconi 73-72—145; Mountainside's Collin Hodgkinson 74-73—147; Summit's Lucas Hughes 75-74—149; Jesuit's Johnny Ward 77-73—150; Sheldon's Blake Frichette 76-74—150.