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Tualatin's Telles takes first at junior tourney

HILLSBORO - A slow start didn't keep Isaiah Telles from winning a championship.

Telles, a Tualatin High School senior-to-be, came from behind to capture the title at the Oregon Golf Association Stroke Play Championships, held July 11-13 at Meriwether National Golf Club.

Telles won the championship with a three-round score of 10-under-par 206 strokes. Jack Dukeminier of Eugene finished second with a score of 209.

But Telles, who finished in seventh place at the past spring's Class 4A high school boys golf state tournament, had to battle back to win the title.

Telles, in the first round of the tourney played on July 11, carded a three-over par score of 75. That put him in a tie for 23rd place at the time, eight shots back of first-round leader Eric Grimberg of Portland.

Telles bounced back in a big way. In the second round, he shot a seven-under-par 65. With that round, he moved all the way up to third place, just one stroke behind co-leaders Grimberg and Philip Bagdade of Eugene.

Telles also played strong in the final round, carding a 66. With Bagdade and Grimberg each shooting a 71 in the final round, the Tualatin standout passed by both of them to take first place.

Jeff Petroff, a Tualatin resident who attends Jesuit High School, finished in a tie for sixth place with an even-par score of 216.

Connor Rumpf, a Sherwood High School junior-to-be, finished in a tie for eighth place with a one-over-par score of 217. Arthur Kim, a Tigard High sophomore to be, tied for 25th place with a score of 218.

On the girls side, Seshia-Lei Telles of Tualatin finished in second place with a 13-over-par score of 232. That put her just one stroke behind tournament champion Danielle Ranallo of West Linn, who had a score of 231.

Alli Hunt, a Sherwood High School senior-to-be, placed eighth with a score of 244.