The Cougars are trying to improve their scores in a conference that features defending state champion Lake Oswego and several other solid squads.
Greg Larrison offered a simple explanation for how the Canby boys golf team could finish in the bottom half of the standings in its first two regular-season tournaments but capture fourth place at a 20-team invitational.
The Three Rivers League is loaded.
Were just in a great league, the first-year Cougars coach said. Its nothing against our boys. Our league just has the top dogs.
With an entirely new varsity lineup this season, Canby took fifth place at each of the first two TRL tournaments. It shot a 354 to finish three strokes behind Clackamas on March 31 at Rose City Golf Course in Portland, and it carded a 346 in the second competition April 7 at Oswego Lake Country Club.
Defending state champion Lake Oswego won both events with sub-300 totals.
Theyre legit theyre the real deal, Larrison said of the Lakers. And theyre deep. Its not like they just have a few guys theyre all averaging in the low 70s.
West Linn, Lakeridge and Clackamas also boast strong squads this year, making a second-straight team berth to the state championships seem highly improbable for the Cougars.
But Larrison said he was encouraged that several of his golfers improved their scores from the first conference event to the second.
Trevor Buck followed his team-best 85 in the TRL opener with an 82 in Lake Oswego.
Jake Schellman carded a team-low 79 in the second meet after shooting an 86 in the first competition.
McKinnley Resnicsek finished his first two league rounds with scores of 93 and 91.
McKinnley has been playing well, and Jake really turned it on at Oswego Lakes, Larrison said. They have both really been a big help.
Through two league meets, Schellman had a team-best average of 82.5 strokes per round and Buck was second at 83.5.
Trevor Ronfeld turned in scores of 92 and 94 in the first two TRL tournaments. Darien Dawes logged a 91 in Portland and a 105 in Lake Oswego.
Sandwiched between Canbys first two conference matches was its trip to Redmond for the Raven Rumble in the Desert tournament April 4 at Eagle Crest Resort, where the team recorded a season-best 323 to take fourth place behind Summit (300), Bend (301) and Barlow (322).
Summits Jack Loberg shot a 1-under-par 71 to earn medalist honors in a field of 94 participants.
For the Cougars, it offered a glimpse at their collective potential as they prepared for an April 14 conference match at Willamette Valley Country Club and another league tournament April 21 at Stone Creek Golf Course in Oregon City.
Theyre putting themselves right there, Larrison said. With better chipping and putting, well see 10 strokes easy off the top. As the weather warms up, I hope the players do, too.
AT A GLANCE
March 31 at Rose City Golf Course (Portland)
Team standings: 1. Lake Oswego, 298; 2. West Linn; 3. Lakeridge; 4. Clackamas, 351; 5. Canby, 354; 6. Oregon City; 7. Grant.
Canby scores: Trevor Buck 85, Jake Schellman 86, Darien Dawes 91, Trevor Ronfeld 92, McKinnley Reznicsek 93.
Raven Rumble in the Desert
April 4 at Eagle Crest Resort (Redmond)
Team standings (top four): 1. Summit, 300; 2. Bend, 301; 3. Barlow, 322; 4. Canby, 323.
April 7 at Oswego Lake Country Club
Team standings: 1. Lake Oswego, 292; 2. West Linn; 3. Lakeridge; 4. Clackamas, 328; 5. Canby, 346; 6. Oregon City; 7. Grant.
Canby scores: Jake Schellman 79, Trevor Buck 82, McKinnley Resnicsek 91, Trevor Ronfeld 94, Darien Dawes 105.
CANBY BOYS GOLF 2014
March 31 at Rose City: 354 (5th of 7)
April 4 at Eagle Crest: 323 (4th of 20)
April 7 at Oswego Lake: 346 (5th of 7)