North Marion boys, girls win district golf titles
The North Marion golf program will be well-represented at the 2021 4A state showcase tournament after both the girls and boys programs won their respective district titles.
Competing at Arrowhead Golf Course near Molalla on Monday, the Huskies were the lone program to field both boys and girls teams, as golf programs across the state have seen decreased participation among smaller school programs.
In the girls case, North Marion was the only school to bring a full four-person team to the competition, making the Huskies the district champions by default.
Mallory Patzer led the Huskies with a fourth-place finish, shooting a 109 on the day, including a front-nine score of 51.
Patzer performed well on Arrowhead's quartet of par 3 holes, shooting bogeys on the second, 12th and 14th holes, while sinking her lone par of the day on the seventh hole.
Teammates Vivian McCullough (119), Laila Brooks (121) and Lana Shevchenko (124) followed in the standings, placing fifth through seventh, respectively. Baylie Brotherton rounded out the team with an 11th-place score of 146.
For the boys, it was a head-to-head battle against the Molalla Indians, as the only two programs to field full teams.
Led by district champion Jack Brewer's score of 81, the Huskies finished with a team score of 322, beating the Indians by 24 strokes.
Brewer sank seven bogeys and eight pars on the day, picking up a birdie on the par 4 16th hole as he cruised through the back nine with a three-over score of 39.
Teammate Carson Hubbard followed with a runner-up score of 103. Joe Null rebounded from a 75 on the front nine to score 63 on the back, placing 11th with a score of 138.
Vasily Anfilofieff rounded out the team with a 12th-place score of 150.
Due to the unusually small field of golfers — 11 girls and 12 boys — coaches decided to forego the usual qualifications to advance to the final state tournament. Typically the top two teams would advance to state, in addition to at-large golfers who finish inside the top 5.
While the girls team was invited to compete at the state showcase at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis on Tuesday, coaches decided not to qualify either North Marion or Molalla from the boys side. Instead, Brewer will represent the Huskies as a lone competitor at the state event.
Brewer tees off with the second pairing at 8:39 a.m., while Patzer opens for the girls at 11:41 a.m., followed by Shevchenko (11:50 a.m.), McCullough (12:08 p.m.) and Brooks (12:17 p.m.). Brotherton will serve as an alternate for the Huskies should it be necessary.
Special District 1 Girls Golf Championships
May 10 at Arrowhead Golf Course
1. Yvonne Vinceri, Riverdale 69
2. Ava Austria, Catlin Gabel 84
3. Sydney Anderson, Gladstone 99
4. Mallory Patzer, North Marion 109
5. Vivian McCullough, North Marion 119
6. Laila Brooks, North Marion 121
7. Lana Shevchenko, North Marion 124
8. Karlie Gilmer, Country Christian 129
9. Sarah Heman, Gladstone 130
10. Liberty Peterson, Country Christian 145
11. Baylie Brotherton, North Marion 146
Special District 1 Boys Golf Championship
May 10 at Arrowhead Golf Course
North Marion 322
1. Jack Brewer, North Marion 81
2. Carson Hubbard, North Marion 103
3. Tyson Ferrell, Molalla 107
4. Addison Bowen, Gladstone 109
5. Austin Case, Molalla 111
6. Ben White, Corbett 112
7. Sam Clayton, Corbett 118
8. Devin Soles, Corbett 122
9. Carson McEachran, Molalla 128
10. Michael Kyllo, Molalla 131
11. Joe Null, North Marion 138
12. Vasily Anfilofieff, North Marion 150
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