Three Rivers League boys golfers battle through wild weather at Stone Creek
The Monday, April 4, Three Rivers League boys golf tournament had it all.
Wind, rain, hail, sunshine — and even some birdies and solid rounds.
In the end, Tigard walked off with the tournament title at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, finishing with 292 strokes to edge out second-place West Linn's 305 and third-place Canby's 317. The Tigers were led by seniors Max Niemi and Connor Henderson, with Niemi finishing second in the field of 35 with a 2-under-par 70, while Henderson placed third overall at 71.
The rest of the team scoring included Lake Oswego at 321, Lakeridge at 328, Oregon City at 354 and Tualatin at 358. Canby junior Jake Rogers won medalist honors with a 4-under-par 68.
For West Linn, senior Arthur Venderby led the way with a 1-over-par 73, good for fourth place overall. Junior Harris Nichols was close behind in fifth with a 74.
"I played solid considering the conditions," Venderby said, after shooting 34 on the front side and 39 on the back with five birdies overall. "It was our team's lowest score this season, (but we still) have lots of room for improvement."
"I played OK," Nichols said, after shooting 37 on each side with a birdie on the back nine. "Considering the weather, it was a good round."
The rest of the Lions' varsity lineup included senior Caleb Rusk (77), senior Tyler Crawford (81) and senior Jacob Fewell (88).
For Lake Oswego, senior Gavin Redpath led the way with a 5-over-par 77 to place eighth overall. He was followed by sophomore Adam Blackmore (79), junior Tanner Frinell (80), senior Griffin Bowes (85) and sophomore Dylan Keyser (93).
Lakeridge finished seven strokes behind Lake Oswego, the Pacers' efforts led by sophomore Nilay Naik and his seventh-place finish at 76, while senior Joey Swanson was close behind at 78.
"It was a solid round considering the tough conditions," Naik said. "I was able to hit some good shots in between the wind and rain. The team did a wonderful job battling through a stormy day and should be proud of their performance."
"I think I played pretty well today, considering the crazy conditions. It's tough when the weather goes from hail to wind to rain and back again," Swanson said. "We all worked hard today and I believe we are becoming tougher as we play more matches."
Oregon City's efforts were led by senior Andy Austen's 78, while teammate Trevin Welton was the only other Pioneer to break 90 — he finished at 88. The rest of the OC lineup included senior Griffin Hill (91), senior Michael Billings (97) and freshman Easton Hunt (99).
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