Cowboys finish fourth in team competiton

It was an up and down day for the Crook County Cowboys as they finished fourth at the Crosswater Invitational Golf Tournament in Sunriver.

“We had mixed results,” said Crook County Head Coach Zach Lampert. “You know, it was kind of what I was expecting. Crosswater is a tough course.”by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Mayson Tibbs chips onto the first hole at Meadow Lakes Golf Course during a tournament earlier this year. Tibbs tied for medalist honors on Wednesday with a six-over-par round of 78 at Crosswater Golf Course in Sunriver.

On the plus side, freshman Mayson Tibbs fired a six-over-par round of 78 to earn a tie for medalist honors. It was the first time in several years that a Crook County golfer has won a tournament with Bend and Summit in it.

“We were in the first wave and didn’t stay for the results,” Lampert said. “When he found out that he had won while we were on the way home he was pretty excited.”

Kody Kuk also played a solid round of golf. Kuk posted a round of 86, his best round in several tournaments.

“At that golf course 86 is a good score,” Lampert said. “He’s been there or higher on courses that are quite a bit easier.”

Tom Harvey also had a solid day, shooting a round of 95, his lowest total of the year, and the first time all season where he counted in the team scoring.

“He shot his lowest score of the year on probably one of the toughest courses that we have played,”?Lampert said. “It was good for him to see that he can help us if one of the other kids stumbles.”

Stumble is exactly what happened to the Cowboys remaining two golfers. Cabe Goehring had one bad hole. He hit his ball in the water four consecutive shots off the ninth tee, finishing with a 13 on the hole. Goehring rebounded to shoot a 42 on the back nine.

“Some people would have had a 13 and just folded and played terrible on the back nine,” Lampert said. “But he came back and kind of saved his round so that was good to see, even though we don’t want to take any 13s.”

Josh Christian struggled on several holes and finished with a round of 98.

Bend’s Sam Mielsen tied Tibbs for first overall, leading the Lava Bears to the team title. Bend finished with a score of 320, two shots better than second-place Summit (322). Ridgeview finished third with a round of 347, while Crook County (355), Mountain View (360), and Redmond (420) rounded out the team scoring.

The Cowboys compete in the Greater Oregon League District Championships on Monday and Tuesday at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Redmond.

Tee times begin on Monday at 7:30 a.m. and Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

“I don’t want to put any pressure on Mayson, since he’s a freshman, but he has a good shot to win that district title,” Lampert said. “I?don’t really think that the pressure will get to him. I don’t see the stage being too big for him by any means.”

Lampert also is excited about the team’s chances of reaching the state tournament.

“It’s going to be interesting,”?he said. “Ridgeview and us are neck and neck, and I’ve been told that Baker is pretty good. Like we’ve talked about all year, if we can get them all to do it on the same day, we can win not only district, but state too. But then again if we shoot a 355 we won’t even make it. It’s going to be interesting, but that’s a course that we have played well on.”

Crosswater Touranament

Crosswater Golf Course

Par 72

Team scores — Bend 320, Summit 322, Ridgeview 347, Crook County 355, Mountain View 360, Redmond 420.

Co-medalists — Mayson Tibbs, Crook County, 78; Sam Nielsen, Bend, 78.

Crook County — Mayson Tibbs 78, Kody Kuk 86, Tom Harvey 95, Cabe Goehring 96, Josh Christian 98.

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