West Linn's Forsyth and Hardin take their shots at boys state golf
West Linn didn't have a team score to chase at the 2018 Class 6A boys state golf tournament.
The Lions sent just two individuals — sophomore Jackson Forsyth and junior Sebastian Hardin — on to state, but still had a lot to play for. The state tournament was held Monday and Tuesday at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell.
In the end, Forsyth and Hardin had their moments, made some shots, had their struggles and learned a ton.
"Our guys were able to garner some valuable experience in playing a high-stakes tournament," said West Linn coach Kyle Sobotta. "I'm extremely proud that both of these golfers were able to play some of their best golf at districts and regionals to earn their way to this state tournament."
Forsyth, after finishing 12th at regionals to earn his berth to state, shot 84 on Monday at Emerald Valley, then came back with an 88 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 48th place at 172.
Hardin, the ninth-place finisher at regionals, was close behind after carding an 86-89—175 to tie for 55th.
While both players would have liked to score better and finish higher, both garnered irreplaceable experience that will likely pay dividends in the future.
"With both kids coming back next year, we're looking forward to continue watching their growth and success," Sobotta said. "I expect them back here next year to build on what they've accomplished this year."
In the team race, Jesuit led the way with a 292-303—595, followed by Mountainside in second at 322-331—653 and Lake Oswego in third at 328-331—659. Individually, Lincoln's Nate Stember finished first at 71-73—144, followed by Jesuit's Brody Marconi at 75-73—148 and Jesuit's Andrew Reinhardt at 71-77—148.