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La Salle Prep linksters work magic at district

Falcon boys win district, place third at state championship

La Salle Prep's youthful boys golf team closed out the 2012 season strong, placing third at state, after running away with the championship at the Special District 2 District Tournament.

The Falcon team of sophomore Austin Yeo and juniors Paul Bundy, Brandon Tran, Jake Maes and Andrew Ludlam tallied 660 points at state, finishing not far back of Class 4A champion La Grande (637) and 4A runner-up North Valley (650).

Bundy headed up the effort for La Salle boys at last week's state tournament, shooting rounds of 80 and 75, for an 11-over-par tally of 155 for 36 holes at Quail Valley Golf Course.

Bundy placed fourth in the 81-golfer Class 4A field.

Maes shot rounds of 84 and 80 and placed 15th; Yeo shot 83 and 83 and tied for 18th place.

Estacada senior T.J. Barber (149: 73 and 76) finished runner-up to medalist Ryan Melnychuk of North Valley, who shot a 4-under par 140 (67 and 73).

La Salle Prep's boys golf team worked magic at the Special District 2 Boys District Golf Tournament, outclassing the field with a two-day team tally of 646 (325-321).

'We were up 41 strokes the first day, and we ended up 64 strokes ahead of [district runner-up] Molalla,' said La Salle coach Nick Lisac. 'These kids can play better, but they played well....'

Bundy shot rounds of 78 and 77 over the par 72 Mountain View Golf Club district course and earned overall medalist honors for the tournament.

Christoferson in top form

La Salle Prep senior Elise Christoferson turned in a surprisingly strong performance at the recent Special District 2 Girls District Golf Tournament, tying for fifth place in the eight-team field and winning a playoff to claim the district's final individual berth in the 4A/3A/2A/1A State Girls Golf Tournament.

Christoferson shot rounds of 96 and 97 over Mountain View Golf Club's par-73 course, tying Molalla's Sarah Dishner for fifth place. She then topped Dishner by a stroke in the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to earn a trip to state.

Dishner also advanced to state, because her Molalla High team tallied 737 points and ran away with the district tournament. Catlin Gabel scored 860 to place second and also qualified as a team.

Special District 2 advanced two teams and the top five individual scorers to state, but any members of the top two teams finishing among the top five displaced any other individuals who made the top five.

Lindsie La Bonte of Valley Catholic was the only other individual qualifier besides Christoferson.

'Elise really played well,' said La Salle coach Teresa Gall. 'It was her best round of the year.'

Gall said she was surprised that Christoferson did so well.

'She's class salutatorian and she's been very busy,' Gall said. 'She had her mind on a lot of other things, so I was expecting her not to do so well. She's taking five AP exams and she had one the day after district.'

Christoferson continued to get the job done at last week's Class 4A/3A/2A/1A State Tournament, tying for 16th place with rounds of 84 and 87 at Redmond's Eagle Crest Ridge Course.

Molalla girls won state, outscoring the runner-up team from Crook County, 720 to 728. Sophomore Janelle Ferlan scored 165 (85 and 80) and placed 10th overall to lead the Indians.

LO boys state champs

In Class 6A, Lake Oswego boys earned an 8-under-par team tally of 603 (307 and 296) and won state, finishing well in front of the runner-up team from South Eugene (618: 316 and 302).

West Linn senior Zach Foushee (71 and 76) and Lake Oswego freshman Cole Madey (72 and 75) shot 3-over-par rounds of 147 at Emerald Valley Golf Club to tie for second place in a 77-golfer field. South Eugene senior Sulman Raza ran away with medalist honors, scoring a 9-under-par 135 (70 and 65).

Clackamas senior Ryan Pickthorn shot rounds of 76 and 77 and tied for 10th place.

Lakeridge senior Connie Zhou (159: 81 and 78) and West Linn sophomore Sarah Archuleta (163: 83 and 80) placd fifth and sixth respectively at the Class 6A tournament, which was held at Trysting Tree Golf Club.

West Linn (723) placed fifth in the girls team scoring, finishing well back of the state championship girls team from Tualatin (677).