The two Lions step up at regionals to win berths to next week's state tournament

TIDINGS PHOTO: MILES VANCE - West Linn's junior Sebastian Hardin blasts out of a greenside bunker during the 6A Special District 2 regional tournament at the OGA Golf Course at Tukwila on Tuesday.West Linn's Sebastian Hardin and Jackson Forsyth weren't quite ready to be done.

Hardin, a junior on the West Linn boys golf team, and Forsyth, a sophomore, made that obvious with their play on Tuesday at the 6A Special District 2 regional tournament at the OGA Golf Course in Tukwila.

Hardin shot a 7-over-par 79 to finish ninth in the field, while Forsyth finished just two shots back in 12th at 81. In the process, both secured individual berths at the upcoming Class 6A state tournament, set Monday and Tuesday at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell.

"Sebastian Hardin has saved his best golf for when it matters — the district and regional tournaments," said West Linn coach Kyle Sobotta. "I'm very proud that he's stepped up his game in the postseason tournaments."

While the Lions didn't secure a team berth to state — the tournament's two spots went to Tigard (the Tigers shot 315) and Central Catholic (318) — they did extend the season for two of their five varsity players.

Sobotta was especially pleased for Hardin's success at regionals.

"He's performed when we needed him the most and he's been rewarded with an individual berth to the state tournament," Sobotta said. "He's been a great kid to watch grow over the course of three years and I couldn't be happier for a kid."

In addition to Hardin and Forsyth, Lakeridge sophomore Aaron Buck (75 and the tournament's first-place finisher), Tualatin sophomore Bryce Hatcher (79 and ninth) and Centennial freshman Sam Schuhl (82 and 13th) also qualified as individuals.

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