Lake Oswego boys second, West Linn third at Three Rivers League district golf
The Three Rivers League's best boys golfers faced tough conditions on all fronts at the 2022 district tournament.
There was wind. There was rain — lots of it. There was the challenging layout at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City. There was standing water on many of the greens.
Heck, there was even freakish — at least for the 2022 spring season — sunshine on the tournament's first day.
In the end, Tigard's boys set the pace at the event — held Wednesday and Thursday, May 4-5 — with a two-day total of 607 for the 36-hole tournament, while Lake Oswego was close behind at 621.
The complete team scoring included: Tigard 607, Lake Oswego 621, West Linn 645, Oregon City 727, Canby 732, Tualatin 735, Lakeridge inc.
With its TRL championship — regular-season results plus district — Tigard qualified automatically for the Class 6A state tournament, set for May 16-17 at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis. Lake Oswego, West Linn and Canby qualified for the Special District 2 regional tournament at the OGA Golf Course in Woodburn at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 10; competing against the second-, third- and fourth-place teams from the Mt. Hood Conference, the top two finishers will also qualify for the state tournament.
Individually, West Linn senior Arthur Venderby has qualified for state after tying for fourth place in league play. He'll be joined by Lake Oswego senior Adam Wrenn or LO senior Gavin Redpath; they tied for sixth in league and will have a playoff for the state berth if LO does not advance to state from regionals.
Headed to regionals as individuals are: Lakeridge sophomore Nilay Naik; Lakeridge senior Joey Swanson; Oregon City senior Andy Austen; and Oregon City freshman Trevin Welton.
Tigard players grabbed the top three spots at district, with Jennings Oelke shooting 74-77—151 and Max Niemi going 76-75—151 to tie for first, and Douglas Bailey following in third at 74-78—152.
Lake Oswego — which shot 304-317—621 — was close behind, however, led by Wrenn and Redpath tying for fourth. Wrenn shot 75-79—154 and Redpath went 78-76—154.
"(It was a) very disappointing result for the team, but now all focus is being put towards winning the state title," Wrenn said.
Redpath agreed, and emphasized that the Lakers — who won the State Preview Tournament a week earlier — were not done.
"It was a very disappointing result for the team," Redpath said. "But we will work hard to improve to try and win state."
The rest of the Lakers' scores included: junior Tanner Frinell, eighth at 78-78—156; sophomore Adam Blackmore, 10th at 73-86—159; and senior Simon Grey, 13th at 79-84—163.
West Linn — which shot 321-324—645 — was led by Venderby's fourth-place finish at 76-78—154.
"I think our whole team struggled this tournament, but we still qualified for regionals which is what's important," Venderby said. "I also qualified to state as an individual … which I'm happy about."
The adverse weather in the second round played a huge role in the overall results, Venderby added.
"The conditions were extremely rough and hard to play through," he said. "There was water pooled on all the greens which made it hard score well. We also played from (the back tees) which played long in those conditions."
Oregon City's boys finished fourth overall at district after shooting 362-365—727. The Pioneers' individual efforts included: freshman Trevin Welton, 17th at 85-85—170; senior Andy Austen, 20th at 86-90—176; senior Michael Billings, 28th at 92-96—188; junior Luke Kelly, 30th at 92-96—188; and freshman Easton Hunt, 32nd at 102-105—207.
Lakeridge's boys, meanwhile, shot 365 on the tournament's first day, but only recorded three individual scores on the second day and finished with an incomplete team score.
"My team .. struggled (in) the unforgiving conditions and collectively, we didn't play well, but I still believe we can improve in the future," said Naik, who finished 12th at district with an 80-82—162.
The Pacers' other players included: Swanson, 19th at 87-86—173; freshman Rylan Smalley, 23rd at 90-90—180; and senior Brendan Braman, 108-x—inc.
"It is always a mental battle in the rain," Naik added. "The people who play the best are usually the ones who can scramble and stay positive. Overall, I didn't play as good as I could have but had a wonderful time playing in a variety of conditions."
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