Crook County competes well in bad weather conditions
- Lon Austin
- Central Oregonian - Sports
Both the Crook County boys and girls golf teams were in Bandon for the Marshfield Invitational Golf Tournament at Bandon Dunes Golf Course on Monday.
>Sarah Crofcheck ties for third place
The Cowboys shot a 404 as a team, while West Albany won the boys event with a 338 score and Summit was second with a 341 for the 18-hole tournament. Bend won the girls tournament with a 208 for nine holes, while Crook County was unable to field a complete team.
The tournament featured an unusual format as only four golfers represented each team. In a typical tournament each team plays five golfers and the four best scores are counted.
"It was wet but good," said boys Head Coach Chuck Wilcox. "We started off with about 40 mile an hour wind gusts, and it turned into about 20 mile an hour wind with rain. It made for a long day."
The boys team managed to get in a full 18 holes, but because of the weather the girls tournament was shortened to only nine holes.
"It went OK," said girls Head Coach Grant Patterson. "The girls just played nine holes because it started storming really bad,"
Sarah Crofcheck led the girls team with a 46 for the nine holes which was good enough to tie for third place. Playing in her first high school tournament ever, Kersey Wilcox shot a 58 and Rachel Kelso had a 61. The team's fourth player Beth Hammond got sick right before tee time and was unable to play so the girls were unable to get a team score.
"Bend ended up winning it with a 208 so I think with our full team we would have been right there and given them a good run," said Patterson.
In the boys tournament the Cowboys finished 10th out of 12 teams.
Nick Murrell led the team with an 89.
"Considering the day it was a good round," said Wilcox. "He was probably in the top 15 out of 60 golfers and anything in the 80's was respectable today."
Jake Shinkle was second for the Cowboys with a 94, Matt York shot a 104, and Jared George shot a 117.
"We are still missing some players from basketball, so it wasn't too bad a finish for us," said Wilcox. "I was excited that everybody did pretty well, so when we have everyone I think we can be competitive."