Woodburn boys golfers place fourth at state
After winning its first district title in school history and earning a second straight trip to the state championships, the Woodburn boys golf team was already playing with house money.
But that doesn't mean they were satisfied; the Bulldogs wanted more.
Competing at the 4A Boys Golf State Championships at Emerald Valley Golf Club on May 13-14, the Woodburn boys set a new standard for program excellence, finishing fourth overall in the team standings with a two-day score of 711 (360-351).
The Bulldogs finished sandwiched between two teams fighting to earn one of the last two trophies awarded at the state tournament. With state champion Marist leading the pack by a large margin, winning the event with a score of 627 (313-314), and runner-up Seaside finishing not far behind at 659 (331-328), it was a close scramble between Woodburn, Valley Catholic and Mazama for third and fourth place.
Led by sophomore Cole Beyer, whose two-day score of 155 (79-76) put him in fourth place individually to earn First Team All-State honors, the Bulldogs improved by nine strokes on the second day of competition to withstand a late push by Mazama to finish fourth overall — the first team trophy in program history.
The Bulldogs finished four strokes behind Valley Catholic's 707 (354-353) score for third place, but had just enough of an improvement on the second day to fend off a Mazama team that made a 31-stroke improvement to place fifth at 717 (374-343).
Woodburn was the model of consistency throughout the event, with all four scoring players finishing under 100 strokes in both rounds and improving on the second day of the event.
Beyer had a rough opening to the event, starting with three bogeys and a triple bogey to put himself at five-over through the first five holes. But he settled down and shot six-over for the remaining 31 holes, including an even 36 on the back nine of his second day of competition.
Seniors Chris Krivoshein and Jose Ochoa finished behind at 23rd and 24th, respectively. Krivoshein carded a 183 (92-91), and Ochoa went for 184 (94-90). Sophomore Jordon Blem was next at 27th place with a two-day score of 189 (95-94).
Senior Edwin Silva was Woodburn's final golfer, placing 38th overall with a score of 204 (97-107).
2019 4A Boys Golf State Championships
May 13-14 at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell
1. Marist — 627 (313-314)
2. Seaside — 659 (331-328)
3. Valley Catholic — 707 (354-353)
4. Woodburn — 711 (360-351)
5. Mazama — 717 (374-343)
6. Stayton — 749 (375-374)
7. Baker/Powder Valley — 768 (375-393)
8. Banks — 776 (367-409)
9. La Grande — 782 (388-394)
10. Henley — 794 (409-385)
4. Cole Beyer — 155 (79-76)
23. Chris Krivoshein — 183 (92-91)
24. Jose Ochoa — 184 (94-90)
27. Jordon Blem — 189 (95-94)
38. Edwin Silva — 204 (97-107)
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