Woodburn golfers prepare for districts
The Woodburn girls golf team will not qualify for the state championship tournament this year as a full team. As it turns out, it may not matter.
With just three girls out for the varsity team this year, the Bulldogs don't have the requisite four-person squad when they travel to Santiam Golf Club for the Special District 2 championship, so the team — Hilaria Trevino, Ana Sanchez and Neyda Segura — will be competing as individuals this year.
However, with the OSAA canceling official state championships for the 2021 spring season, that left each individual classification to schedule and arrange its own season-ending tournament.
The 4A classification, which Woodburn belongs to, has been the most proactive about scheduling season-ending events and will host a state tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Club on May 18.
In typical years, the 4A girls teams combine with 3A, 2A and 1A teams to make their districts and state competitions. This year, the field will be composed entirely of 4A teams.
"It'll just 4A, which will be different for the girls, because the girls have had to play 1A-4A, which made it quite a bit tougher," Woodburn head coach Neil Wilhelm said.
That means a lot of the smaller private school teams like those from Salem Academy, Regis and Blanchet will not be at Woodburn's district championship, which was scheduled to take place Monday. For those golfers who advance to state, annual championship contenders like St. Mary's in Medford or Catlin Gabel will be absent as well, leaving a number of openings available for qualification and placement that wouldn't normally be available.
"I'm really excited that the 4A athletic directors have put that together," Wilhelm said about the district qualifier and state championship events. "Obviously without having a full four, (we) won't be able to go as a team. But all of (us) have a chance at finishing top 10 at districts next week and going as individuals."
Each of Woodburn's three golfers is playing varsity for the first time this year. Sanchez, who placed eighth at the Bulldogs' home competition on May 3, has the most high school experience after playing JV her freshman year in 2019.
Trevino and Sanchez are both freshmen. Trevino has been the team's most consistent golfer this year and placed second at the home meet behind state champion contender Yvonne Vinceri of Riverdale.
"Hilaria has been one or two in pretty much every tournament we've gone to," Wilhelm said.
Beyer Brothers lead Woodburn boys
The Woodburn boys feature a full team this year led by brothers Cole and Ty Beyer. The pair place first and second at last week's home competition, with senior Cole Beyer scoring a career-best 69 to place first and sophomore Ty Beyer coming in four strokes behind.
"That score is home field advantage," Wilhelm said. "But they've been doing good. Kind of mid upper 70s most of the year, but clearly they know that course really well and went out there and played fantastic."
Combined with senior Jordan Blem, who had a slightly off day with a 95, and the Bulldogs are in phenomenal shape heading into the district and state competition.
"Our one through three, including Jordan, have been pretty consistent," Wilhelm said after the match. "Yesterday wasn't one of Jordan's best rounds, but he has shot pretty good for us. Mid 80s, which gives us a real strong – about as strong a 1-2-3 punch at our level."
Elijah Leon's 106 put him in the middle of the pack as Woodburn's fourth varsity golfer, and Santiago Roque shot a 121 to round out the team. Roque and Harshiv Mistoy have been splitting time as the team's No. 5 on varsity.
The Bulldogs (343) won their home competition by a single stroke over Banks (344) before traveling to the coast on May 5 to compete at Salishan Golf Links, where the team shot 339 to win by a more comfortable margin over second-place Cascade (358).
The Beyer brothers shared the top score at Salishan, each shooting a 72, while Blem placed sixth at 86. Roque shot a 109 to shave 11 strokes off his score at OGA
High School varsity golf
May 3 at OGA
Girls Team Scores
1. North Marion 415
2. Country Christian 475
Girls Individual Scores
Yvonne Vinceri, Riverdale 64
Hilaria Trevino, Woodburn 94
Mallory Patzer, North Marion 99
Vivan McCullough, North Marion 102
Laila Brooks, North Marion 106
Lana Shevchenko, North Marion 108
Bella Huffstetler, Country Christian 110
Ana Sanchez, Woodburn 114
Karlie Gilmer, Country Christian 116
Neyda Segura, Woodburn 116
Baylie Brotherton, North Marion 119
Liberty Peterson, Country Christian 121
Kennedy Grant, Country Christian 128
Boys Team Scores
1. Woodburn 343
2. Bank 344
3. Tillamook 368
4. Cascade 370
5. Junction City 412
6. Salem Academy 422
7. Sweet Home 438
8. Molalla 455
Boys Individual Scores
Cole Beyer, Woodburn 69
Ty Beyer, Woodburn 73
Elliot Lee, Tillamook 78
Aaron Brown, Banks 79
Ramsey Gordon, Cascade 82
Jason Cusic, Junction City 83
Isaac Mesecar, Salem Academy 85
Jake Walter, Bank 87
Ben Cost, Banks 88
Bo Wormington, Banks 90
Jack Brewer, North Marion 90
Izaah Zavalas, Cascade 91
Nick Gitchell, Tillamook 91
Tanner Hoskins, Tillamook 94
Jordan Blem, Woodburn 95
Colin Smittle, Cascade 95
John Cost, Banks 98
Carson Perry, Sweet Home 98
Austin Case, Molalla 100
Court Knabe, Junction City 101
Morgan Sands, Sweet Home 102
Ky Helmestrand, Cascade 102
Ben Hemelstrand 103
Peyton Rieger, Tillamook 105
Elijah Leon, Woodburn 106
Luke Molan, Salem Academy 107
Kaleb Malpass, Junction City 108
Tyson Ferrell, Molalla 113
Jaren Oglesby, Salem Academy 114
Hunter Kline, Salem Academy 116
Carson Hubbard, North Marion 116
Dakota Melvik, Sweet Home 116
Jackson Oglesby, Salem Academy 118
Hunter Crowley, Junction City 120
Carson McEachran, Molalla 120
Santiago Roque, Woodburn 121
Joseph Jimenez, Sweet Home 122
Michael Kyllo, Molalla 122
Colton Seals, Tillamook 124
Chet Garrett, Sweet Home 136
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