haps it was the home course advantage, but an early look at the Intermountain Conference on Friday gave the Madras boys' golf team a hint of optimism.
Sophomore Josiah Thompson provided that hint by shooting a 79 to earn a fifth-place tie in the IMC Preview on Friday at The Resort Course at the Eagle Resort in Redmond.
Thompson shot a 40 on the front nine and a 39 on the back.
"Josiah has worked on his game and it's shown in his improvement," Madras coach Dan Hiatt said. "He also has a great temperament for the game."
The 79 was also Thompson's career low at The Resort, by one stroke.
Chance Squiemphen added an 87 after shooting in the low 80s in earlier rounds. Nathan Gerhardt also had an off day with a 97. He was betrayed by a new driver on several holes.
"The Resort is a course with plenty of out-of-bounds," Hiatt said. "That's what hurt Nathan on several holes."
The coach termed the Buffs' 380 total as "unusually high."
Damian Telles of The Dalles won medalist honors with a 65. He shot a 31 on the back nine with eagles on both par-5 holes. Madras finished ahead of Mountain View but behind five other IMC teams. State power Bend was competing in a national tournament in Myrtle Beach, N.C., finishing in the top 10.
Madras was back at The Resort on Tuesday, April 10, to host its own invitational (results after press time).
Later this week, the Buffs travel to the Sisters Invite on Thursday and an IMC match at Pendleton on Friday.