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Returning golfer Chase Elliott leads Indians on the hunt for a NWOC title; 'Our chances of doing well are pretty good,' coach says

PMG PHOTO: DARRYL SWAN - The Scappoose boys golf team

Positive results are likely in the works for the Scappoose boys golf team this spring.

The Tribe feels it could win the Northwest Oregon Conference, perhaps the regional tournament and even place at state.

"Our chances (of doing well) are pretty good," coach Ryan Svenson said. "We return four-five guys that have played quite a bit."

One thing that has Svenson so ebullient is the return of Chase Elliott.

"Chase Elliott is the best player in the league. He was league champion by a long ways, and qualified for state by winning regionals. He finished seventh at state, but he stumbled coming in," Svenson said.

Elliott has chance for par every round," Svenson added. "He could have the best finish of anyone.

The second and third slots are pretty well set, too.

Caleb Glenn, a sophomore, shot rounds over the summer in the low 70s and never got much higher than the low 80s. Just 15, he brings some added firepower to the Tribe golfers this season and in the future.

Cooper Ragan, a junior, will fill the third slot. He had some rounds in the high 80s and low 90s.

The fourth and fifth slots could be filled by D. J. Backus and Bowman Jory.

"D.J. played some rounds for us last year," Svenson said. "He's been away on an exchange program all of March so we'll see how he does. Bowman was one of our best players last year. He could move up to the fourth slot."

Austin Templin, a senior, is gunning for a spot on the team for the first time. He's got experience but this is the first time he's played competitively. Joey Morton, a freshman, has some youth tournament experience and could excel.

Svenson said the team has 15 players out. He expects some improvement from both the new guys and some of the more experienced players.

He likes his odds for a positive season.

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