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LO shoots a 3-under 281 to finish first in the Class 6A/5A tourney at Trysting Tree.

COURTESY PHOTO - Lake Oswego, which won the last State Preview tournament in 2019, did it again on Tuesday, April 26, at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis.Lake Oswego's boys golf team got a much-needed shot in the arm on Tuesday, April 26, in the Class 6A/5A State Preview tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis.

The Lakers, Three Rivers League champions last year, have come up short in all four league tournaments this season. But facing the best teams in the state at Trysting Tree, they rose to the top.

Lake Oswego shot a 3-under-par 281 to beat Three Rivers rival Tigard (287), Summit (288), Jesuit (293), Grants Pass (293), Beaverton (294) and Sunset (295) in the 32-team tournament.

"It was good to see them play the way I know they can play," Lake Oswego coach Adam Ruben said. "I'm glad those kids turned it around. They seemed a lot happier than they have been all year."

Lakers sophomore Adam Wrenn won the tournament with a 5-under-par 66, finishing ahead of Jesuit senior Miles Eastman (68), Tigard junior Douglas Bailey (69), Lake Oswego senior Simon Grey (70) and Beaverton senior Colin Fowler (70).

Besides Wrenn and Grey, the Lakers also got solid play from senior Gavin Redpath (72) and sophomore Adam Blackmore (73). The performance came one day after the Lakers shot a lackluster 320 to finish third in the Three Rivers tournament at Oregon Golf Club.

"They've been struggling," Ruben said. "It was good to see them move forward and figure it out. We reassessed our goals Monday after our round. We sat down and we were like, 'Hey, we've got four more weeks left. What can we do to make those four weeks worth our while and turn this season around?' So it was cool to see that they kind of took that to heart."

Wrenn opened his season-low round by going birdie-eagle-birdie on the back nine. On the 335-yard, par-four No. 11, he holed out from about 60 yards, one-hopping the ball into the cup.

"He just seemed a lot more confident with all his irons and his putter," Ruben said. "You definitely can tell since Monday, he refocused and played the golf that I know he can play. It was kind of a matter of time for him, based on what I've seen."

In four Three Rivers tournaments, Lake Oswego has finished second three times and third once. Tigard has won all the league tournaments, but the Lakers were able to get the best of the Tigers on Tuesday.

"I'm like, 'Guys, what's going on? We can beat them when it doesn't matter,'" Ruben said. "I didn't really follow them much, and I think that might be the key going forward — just get out of their way, let them do their thing."

Lake Oswego won the last State Preview in 2019, but went on to place fifth in the state tournament, 52 strokes behind first-place Jesuit. Last year, the Lakers tied Jesuit for first place in a 28-team, season-ending tournament at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City.

Ruben — who was a senior on Lake Oswego's state title team in 2012 — the start of a three straight 6A crowns — before a career at the University of Denver — said the team's goals will "definitely shift" after his team's performance on the state course at Trysting Tree.

"We have a pretty talented group," he said. "Once they noticed that, and focused, doing what they know they can do, they can win."

Seven players tied for seventh place at 71 on Tuesday: Beaverton senior Colby Wissmiller, Corvallis senior Cole Rueck, Grants Pass sophomore Messiah Gilbert, Sunset junior Kamal Singh, Tigard senior Connor Henderson and Summit seniors Sam Renner and Lucas Hughes.

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