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Scappoose High junior golfer flirts with even higher state finish in Corvallis

COURTESY: WAYDE ELLIOTT - Chase Elliott of Scappoose High lines up a green at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis during this week's Class 5A championship tournament.Scappoose High's Chase Elliott made his debut in a state golf tournament at the Class 5A level this week and came away with a top-10 finish.

It could have been even better, but Elliott still wound up seventh in the elite field of 58 at Trysting Tree Golf Club, the home of Oregon State golf in Corvallis.

Elliott shot 75-76 on Monday-Tuesday for a 9-over-par 151 total.

Ridgeview senior and Weber State-bound Isaac Buerger fired a blistering 67 in the second round to win at 138, eight shots better than the runner-up, Crescent Valley senior Michael Gray.

Buerger's 36-hole total was even better than that of the 6A champion, Jesuit junior Andrew Reinhardt, who won at that level with a 139.

On Tuesday, Elliott had a shot at a higher 5A finish coming down the stretch. But bogeys on each of the final four holes kept him behind Crescent Valley senior Matthew Zaback and The Dalles junior Aidan Telles, who tied for third at 148, along with Crescent Valley senior Seth King, who was fifth at 149, and West Albany freshman Brock Nelson, sixth with a 150.

Crescent Valley, Ridgeview and West Albany had strength in numbers. They finished 1-2-3, in that order, with Crescent Valley posting a 41-over 609 to Ridgeview's 644 and West Albany's 651.

• Elliott and two golfers from St. Helens — junior Tyler Tolleshaugh and sophomore Kalvin Budge — qualified for state as individuals.

Tolleshaugh shot 92-89 for a 39-over 181 total that tied for 46th. Budge went 94-89—183 to tie for 49th.

Elliott had placed fifth in state last year, when Scappoose was still an Oregon School Activities Association 4A school. The Indians were second behind Valley Catholic.

Elliott opened the 5A tournament with a steady round that included a par 35 on his second nine (the front), with several putts that came close but didn't drop.

On Tuesday, he bogeyed Nos. 2 and 3, then settled down and got back to par for the day with birdies on the 5th and 11th holes. Scrambling pars on Nos. 4, 6 and 7 were key for him as well.

That put him at 4-over for the tournament and in contention for a second-place showing.

The first of his late bogeys came on the longish, 423-yard par-4 15th. After coming up just short of the green in regulation, he tried to putt through some fringe and left himself eight feet for par, then missed.

On the 16th, a par-5 of 525 yards ranked as the second-toughest hole on the course but with some birdie potential, he hit a tree on the left off the tee and eventually missed a 12-foot putt for par. (The day before, he'd driven out of bounds to the right, then scrambled for a bogey).

The 17th was a 170-yard par-3, and he was 30 feet from the hole off the tee, but faced a tough slope and went on to lip out a par try.

The 18th, a par-4 of 413 yards, and he crushed his tee shot, but pushed his second into a bunker. The ball wound up being buried in the sand, so it was about all he could do to punch it out. He barely missed a chip for par, tapping in for a 5.

He still beat out several other players in that general place at the team, including The Dalles senior Tyler Vassar and Thurston senior Ty Garner, who shared the eighth spot at 152.

"He was bummed with how he finished, but I told him you can't let four bad holes — all just little mistakes — ruin a great year," Scappoose coach Ryan Svenson said. "He won a league title in our first year at 5A, set what I think is a school scoring record, and more."

• St. Helens freshman Alexus Burgoyne tied for 33rd out of 45 starters in the 5A girls tournament at Banks' Quail Valley Golf Course.

She posted rounds of 115 and 106 on Monday and Tuesday for a 77-over 221 total. The high score was 289, and the winner, Willamette junior Tannica Porter, came in at 157.

Burgoyne was the only player from St. Helens or Scappoose to qualify this year for the OSAA 5A event.

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