Scappoose boys golfers beat Banks, ready for 'Rumble'
It's still early and there's still a lot of work to be done, but so far, the Scappoose boys golf team has been pretty darned good.
The Indians proved it again this week, beating Banks 344-406 in a Cowapa League match held at Wildwood Golf Course in Scappoose on Monday.
"The round started off cold and wet. It took the guys a while to get going," admitted Scappoose coach Weston Powers. "(But) about four or five holes in, the rain stopped and the sun came out."
And the Indians warmed up with the temperatures, with sophomore Chase Elliott putting together a 3-over-par 75 to win medalist honors for the day.
"Chase Elliott had another solid round," Powers said. "He is just a very smart player and knows when to play it safe and when to put his foot on the pedal and take chances."
Also helping Scappoose to victory were senior Jake Gray, who notched an 83 — the second-best round of the day — junior Jaden Holmason with a 92, senior Lucas Elliott with a 94 and senior Jack Eggers with a 104.
"Jake Gray hit the ball extremely well off the tee, but some minor mistakes around the greens hurt some scoring opportunities for him," Powers said, adding that Holmason "started off slow, posting double bogies on the first two holes, but once the weather turned for the better, so did his scores."
Lucas Elliott and Eggers had their moments, too, with Elliott shooting 43 on the front side while Eggers worked his way through some recent swing adjustments and expects better things in rounds to come.
For Banks, Liam Birr shot a 90, followed by Trevor Grace with a 101, Zach Streblow at 104 and Hunter Giesbers with a 111.
Next up, the Indians will get a chance to see where they stand against the state's best when they play in the "Raven Rumble" tournament hosted by Redmond's Ridgeview High School at Eagle Crest Golf Resort on Friday and Saturday. The Rumble is a de facto state preview event featuring 24 of the state's top Class 4A teams on the same course they'll play the 2018 state tournament.
"This is a great opportunity for us to get a preview of the course where the 4A boys state championship will be held," Powers added. "Our guys will get some valuable experience playing this tough course and taking notes on some of the intricacies of the greens and hole layouts."
Given the team's unprecedented success in 2017 — the Indians won the Class 4A state championship — and their goals for 2018, this tournament is just what the doctor ordered.
"The ultimate goal for our team is getting back to the state championship tournament and competing with the best teams in the state to try and bring home a trophy," Powers said. "It will not be an easy task and we have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are ready to take on the challenge."