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Jesuit wins again to strengthen Metro lead

Cats third Tuesday, but still second in season points race


by: MILES VANCE - THE GREAT OUTDOORS - Sunset sophomore Cam Smith launches a tee shot during the Metro League golf tournament on Tuesday afternoon at the Greenback course at Heron Lakes Golf Course in Portland. Smith shot an 80 for the Apollos, who finished fifth on Tuesday.

PORTLAND — Things, frankly, could not be going a lot better for the Jesuit boys golf team.

The Crusaders won their second straight Metro League tournament on Tuesday at Heron Lakes’ Greenback course, shooting a season’s best total of 289 to beat Lincoln by four shots and Westview’s boys by eight.

In the process, the Crusaders increased their lead in the season-long points that determines the Metro’s two team berths to the Class 6A state tournament. Currently, Jesuit leads the league with 40 points, while second-place Westview is at 34 points and third-place Sunset and Lincoln at 28.

“After three weeks, I did not expect that with this year’s team,” admitted Jesuit coach Jay Minsker. “I knew we had some depth, but we really didn’t have much experience.”

Jesuit’s talented youth proved Tuesday just how little Metro League experience means to them, with junior David Ganz shooting a 4-under-par 68 to win the day’s individual title, followed by freshmen Dylan Johnson and Carson Little at 73, sophomore PJ Hummelt at 75, and freshman Mike Petroff at 76.

“That was the youngest team I’ve had play varsity in 17 years here at Jesuit,” Minsker said. “The future is bright for sure, but we’re looking at this year, too.”by: MILES VANCE - UP AND OUT - Aloha senior Nate Ashby hits out of a greenside bunker during the Metro League tournament at Heron Lakes on Tuesday.

Westview took third Tuesday at 297, with senior Nick Baines leading the way at 72, senior Alec Fourie and sophomore Hunter Wescott both shooting 74, and junior Trent Glasgow adding a 77.

While third was not what the Wildcats were aiming for — Lincoln got a 69 from senior Ben Bellman to take second — Westview is still a full six points ahead of the Cardinals in the season points race.

Southridge’s boys checked in at 304, their efforts led by senior Tyler Barrett’s 73 and a pair of 76s from Brian Pete and Peter Styner.

“Tyler Barrett continues to lead” us, Southridge coach Scott Baranick said. “His goal is to qualify for the state tournament as an individual.”

Tyler Eiden shot 97 to pace Aloha’s 415 team total, while Beaverton’s Ben Lawrence carded a 77.

He “stepped up big and shot 77,” said Beaver coach Brad Harvey.

To see a complete photo gallery from this game, go to milesvance.exposuremanager.com.




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