Lake Oswego boys first, West Linn third in Three Rivers boys golf
It was just another day in Three Rivers League boys golf.
In other words, it was another day that featured a bunch of the state's best teams and a bunch of the state's best players going after it on one of the state's most beautiful golf courses.
In this case, the TRL's best took their best shots at each other at Canby's Willamette Valley Country Club on Tuesday, April 27. In the end, the Lake Oswego boys team pulled away to win the tournament with a total of 303 strokes for the 18-hole tournament, the Lakers followed by Tigard at 310, West Linn at 315, Lakeridge at 320, Tualatin at 337, Canby at 353 and Oregon City at 380.
While Lake Oswego's and Oregon City's individual player scores were not available, West Linn junior Arthur Venderby led the Lions to a third-place finish by shooting a 1-over-par 73.
"I think our team played (well)," Venderby said. "We are improving every week and the team has the potential to really compete against the top teams."
"I think that (we) had a great round," added Lion Caleb Rusk, who finished at 82. "We have improved every tournament and we will just keep getting better at competing."
The rest of the Lions' varsity team included: Harris Nichols shot 77, Tyler Crawford finished at 83 and Jacob Fewell added an 87.
"Overall, I played solid," Venderby said. "Willamette Valley is a tight course and I was able to keep it in the fairway most of the day. I was under par my whole round and didn't finish well, but I am happy with my performance."
"I thought I played generally solid," Rusk said. "It was hard coming into a course I had never played before (and) I could have done some things better, but my personal performance was on the better side."
For Lakeridge — fourth in the team scoring — the Pacers were led by Jake Yim and his 6-over-par 78.
"I got off to a really rough start and never was able to recover from it," Yim said. "I played decently around the greens, but struggled off the tee (and) I left a good amount of strokes on the (course)."
After Yim, it was Ennis McKendrick at 79 for the Pacers, followed by Injae Park at 81, Nilay Naik with an 82 and Joey Swanson carding an 88.
"We all felt like we left shots out there," Yim said. "However, we've been working hard to eliminate those mistakes in the future. Although my team didn't play great, I'm confident we won't dwell on the past and (we'll) be able to give it our all in this upcoming tournament."
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