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St. Helens golfers begin season swing

Coach thinks they are middle of the pack in NWOC
by: John Brewington TEEING OFF—St. Helens’ Colin Chiddick takes a swing during the season’s first match at Wildwood Monday.

The St. Helens Golf team started their season on Monday, hosting the first Northwest Oregon Confer-ence competition of the spring.

The team got off to a good start, finishing in the middle of the eight-team league with a combined score of 373. Sherwood took first, followed by Liberty and Sandy.

Top golfer on the day was Eddie Martinez with a very respectable 79.

'Eddie M. tied for third overall,' coach and #8200;Dave Lawrence said. 'Colin (Chiddick) played very consistent and will improve more. Nathan (Hunter) had a good finish to break 100 in his first varsity match. Ryan (Edwards) played his first 18 holes in two years. He was injured last seson. Jimmy Zimmerman stepped up for some varsity action to make sure we would have a complete score.'

Lawrence pointed out that the Lions lost their top two golfers to graduation last season. The Lions best golfer, Spencer Gordon, qualified individually for the state tournament, finishing just four strokes out of the top 10.

The Lions have nine golfers returning from last year, but have no seniors on the team this year.

The line-up may change as players improve, but starting for the team were Martinez, Chiddick, Edwards, Hunter, and Taylor DeSchamps. Others with a shot at moving up include Blake Mullenix, Nick Skorney, and Jimmy Zimmerman. All are juniors, except Hunter who is a sophomore.

The early-season test got started under threatening but mostly dry skies.

Lawrence said that Liberty was returning three of their four starters from last year. Those three were among the top players in the league last season. Sherwood also had three starters back. Schools new to the NWOC-Milwaukie, Putnam, and Sandy-were expected to be competitive as well.

'You just don't know how teams will do. I've have some of my guys surprise me already. We're focusing on playing smart and staying out of trouble,' he added. 'I think we'll be in the middle of the pack.'

Lawrence noted the Wildwood Golf Course has been very accommodating for the Lions this year, and said the St. Helens Golf Course was also helping.

'Wildwood let our guys play in a tournament last Saturday for just $5 and that included lunch,' he said.

St. Helens has two weeks off before their next scheduled NWOC match at Glendoveer on Monday, March 28.

St. and #8200;Helens results:

Team scores: Sherwood 326, Liberty 331, Sandy 352, St. and #8200;Helens 373, Milwaukie 378, Wilsonville 383, Parkrose, inc., Rex Putnam, inc.

St. and #8200;Helens individuals: Eddie Martinez (40-39) 79; Colin Chiddick (43-44) 87; Nathan Hunter (53-46) 99; Ryan and #8200;Edwards and #8200;(52-56) 108; Jimmy Zimmerman (69-67) 136.