Sherwood's Bonn claims TRL golf crown
OREGON CITY — Last year, Mason Bonn came oh-so-close to earning a berth to the Class 6A boys golf state tournament.
Then a Sherwood High School freshman, Bonn lost a grueling five-hole playoff for the final individual state berth to Tigard's Abel Rodriguez at the Special District 2 regional tournament.
This year, Bonn made sure there was no such drama, and that he's going to state.
And, not only is he going to the Class 6A state tournament, he's going as the Three Rivers League individual district champion.
Bonn, with a two-round score of 151 strokes, claimed medalist honors at the Three Rivers League district tournament, held Monday and Tuesday at Stone Creek Golf Course.
In addition to the district medalist honors, Bonn also took first place in the league's season-long individual standings with a score of 461, which put him one shot ahead of Canby junior Sam Krauss.
As the top two finishers from the league, Bonn and Krauss earn the league's two automatic individual bids to the Class 6A state tournament, which will be held May 14-15 at the Emerald Valley Golf & Resort, located in Creswell.
The Three Rivers League team champion, which turned out to be Lake Oswego, also advances directly to the Class 6A state tournament. The top two individuals in the league standings, who are not part of the Lake Oswego team, also automatically advance to the state tourney. That, of course, turned out to be Bonn and Krauss.
Bonn, at the district tournament, had a round of two-over-par 74 in Monday's first day of competition. On Tuesday, he shot a 77, giving him a two-round score of 151. That put him two shots ahead of Tigard senior Nathan Mallory and Lake Oswego freshman Jacob Burnett, who each had a two-round total of 153.
The Lakers ended up winning the season-long district team title with a score of 90 points. Tigard was second at 84, West Linn was second at 60 and Tualatin was third at 54. The Tigers, Lions and Timberwolves all move on, as teams, to the Special District 2 regional tournament, where they'll compete with each other, as well as three teams from the Mt. Hood Conference. The top two teams at the regional tournament will advance to the Class 6A state tournament.
Also, the top five players from the TRL, who are not part of state, or regional-qualifying teams, advance to play at the regional tourney. The top five individuals (whether they qualified for regionals as part of a team, or as an individual) from the regional tournament will advance to the Class 6A state tournament.
Tigard, as a team, had a two-round score of 651 at the district tournament, putting the Tigers second, behind Lake Oswego's 625.
In addition to Mallory's 153, the Tigers also got a two-round score of 162 from Rodriguez, who is a Tigard senior, and a 163 from junior Kai Rodriguez. Sophomore Graham Oelke and junior Zane Friesen each had a 174.
The Tualatin boys had a two-round score of 658, which included a league second-best score of 317 in Tuesday's second round.
Sophomore Bryce Hatcher led the way for the Wolves at the district tournament with a two-round score of 157, which included a 75 on Tuesday. The 157 put Hatcher in seventh place in the individual standings.
Also for Tualatin, senior Elijah Lai had a 163, junior Jarred Ballard had a 171, sophomore Tyler Dickson had a 172 and senior Josh Green had a 173.
Sherwood had a two-round score of 678. Besides Bonn's 151, the Bowmen got a 172 from junior Alex Foley, a 177 from freshman Jackson Bensel, a 178 from senior Nick Wagner and a 190 from junior Nate Howes.