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Baines buries field, takes home state title

CORVALLIS-Torching Trysting Tree Country Club with projectile drives that touched nothing but inviting fairway grass, chipping with clued-in cognizance and putting in a zen-like manner, Westview’s Nick Baines turned the second day of the 6A boys’ state golf tournament into his own personalized playground.

On a cloudy but dry and windless Tuesday afternoon in Corvallis, the Wildcat senior won the tournament by shooting an itty-bitty 67 to bring his two-day total to 138. His final tally was six shots under par and five shots ahead of Lake Oswego’s Cole and Clayton Madey and Lakeridge’s Jeff Reiff.

Baines, who was tied for the lead after shooting a 71 on Monday, piled up seven birdies and zero bogies on the first 15 holes on Tuesday. The University of San Diego commit hit 16 greens and made just about every putt Trysting Tree could offer on his way to a miniscule two-day total. Baines said he didn’t really miss any shots and that’s how he had to play with contenders like the Madeys and Reiff lying in wait after the first day.

Baines brushed aside any prospective annoyances by focusing on his own score and setting the bar exceedingly high for the rest of the field. The senior said he didn’t want to be too aggressive on some of the holes, namely the ones that were tantalizingly long and offered birdie chances if the tee shot was long and true, but only required a par. Time and time again Baines put himself in prime position by playing conservatively, yet still taking advantage of the holes that suited his skill set.

“I was driving the ball well,” said Baines. “Up until the last hole, I hit my drives where I wanted to. I was hitting it fairly close. And on the par-fives, my second shots all got right next to the green and I got up-and-down on all of them so I birdied those.”

His accuracy and keen sense of the course helped set a personal tournament record and spurred the Wildcats on to second place as a team while tying the school record as a squad. The old adages of golf: put the ball in play, chip accurately from the fringe and limit putts around the green all integrated into Baines’ superb second day.

“I’ve never played this well in a tournament before, so it just feels really good, especially to help my team get second place and it feels good to beat Jesuit here,” Baines said.

Indeed, the Wildcats did avenge their regular season loss to the Crusaders by shooting a 585 over two days compared to Jesuit’s 597. Senior Alec Fourie shot a 75 on both days to tie for 15th place individually.

Sophomore Hunter Wescott backed his 76 on Monday with a 75 on Tuesday. Junior Brandon Keller shot a 158 overall. Lake Oswego won the team title, shooting a 575.

“I’m very proud,” said Fourie, who will play golf at Hawaii Pacific next season. “We were favored as one of the top-three teams, and we did what we came to do. We were consistent. Nick (Baines) shot under (par) both days. I shot three over both days, and Trent (Glasgow) came back today with a great round after not being able to hit a fairway the first day, so that was good.”

The story of Westview’s tournament tale, other than Baines’ blowtorch display, may have been junior Trent Glasgow. Glasgow shot an 85 on the first day, which dropped him down the 78-man leader board and placed the Wildcats behind the eight ball heading into Tuesday morning.

“I just wasn’t hitting the ball well at all, and today I just got myself to not think as much. I was overthinking everything way too much,” Glasgow said.

Glasgow said he didn’t do his team any favors on the first day. So, that Monday night he flushed the 85, rolled up his sleeves and went to work on Tuesday, axing a whopping 14 strokes on day two.

Glasgow’s 71 on the second day ended up being the difference between second and third place overall for the Wildcats. It was also his first under-par tournament in his lifetime.

“I came in just trying to improve, trying to put up a good number to help us out. I just tried to hit good golf shots, not think too much, and it obviously turned out a lot better,” said Glasgow. “It was a big relief, pretty awesome for me. Obviously, we were trying to get first, but playing a team like Lake Oswego, it’s pretty crazy they put up the score that they did so I’m pretty happy with how we did.”




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