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Sunset€s<caron> Smith, Kim on the rise for youthful Apollo golf

At the end of the first day of the 6A boys’ golf tournament on Monday, Harry Kim was perched on top of the world. The Sunset freshman had just shot a searing 71, that placed him amongst elite company such as Westview’s Nick Baines, Sheldon’s Ben Wanichek and Lake Oswego’s Clayton Madey. Kim had eight birdies after the first 18 holes, including four in a row during one sizzling stretch.

The Apollo upstart shot a 34 on the back nine on day one, which placed him atop the leader board going into Tuesday and set the tone for the rest of his initial state outing. The Trysting Tree Country Club gallery walked to their cars on Monday afternoon buzzing about this soft-spoken, humble underclassman with the prodigious swing and cool demeanor.

It was a first round Kim said he will never forget, and though the lead slipped away on Tuesday after shooting a solid 75, the freshman completed a great beginning to his high school career, shooting a 146 over two days to take seventh overall.

Kim said his iron game was steadier on Tuesday, but his putts had trouble finding the cup, and he was confined to pars and three bogeys on day two. Still, when he looks back on this season, shooting a 71 on a collegiate course against a loaded 6A field is bound to stick out in his memory. Kim earned the respect of his peers and picked up a few new fans along the way who will surely track his meteoric rise the next three seasons.

“I was on a roll the first day, just rolling the rock. I had a lot of putts going in but today (Tuesday) I didn’t have so many. I had a lot of birdie chances on both days,” said Kim.

“My iron game was really good, I was sticking everything and putting 5-, 6-footers for birdie every time.”

Kim said the state tournament was different than any other dual meet or OGA match. As an underclassmen walking with older juniors and seniors, Kim said he was pretty comfortable rubbing elbows with some of the better contenders in the state.

“I still have three more years left so I’m hoping I can get on it and compete with these guys,” noted Kim.

Kim was joined at state by teammate and fellow underclassmen Cameron Smith, who shot a 152 overall, 76 on both days. Smith said it was a good experience, playing Trysting Tree as a sophomore and putting experience in the cache for next year.

He’s hoping to bring a few teammates along with him for the ride on top of that.

“We’re a young squad. Hopefully we can get the whole team out here and maybe win it all. I hope next year and the coming years that Sunset will be the team to watch out for,” said Smith.

“We’re still learning. We have a great coach who knows the game well. It’s great, it’s fun.”

The Apollo said his game started off shaky on the second day and shots off the tee were harder to control than on the first day. But, Smith was able to flow a 38 together on the last nine holes of the second day.

“I was putting the ball great yesterday and today. I didn’t have any birdies, but I made some pretty deep par putts. The greens were rolling really well both days,” Smith said.

“It was as windy on the second day. I was hoping to go a little lower, but I was still able to roll the ball on the greens.”



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