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LO boys golfers win 5th straight, girls gear up for district tourney

by: VERN UYETAKE Connie Zhou shot an 81 for the Pacers at Oregon Golf Club on Monday.

The scores tightened up at the most recent Three Rivers League boys golf tournament but, in the end, the Lake Oswego boys were still able to come away with their fifth consecutive victory.

The Lakers shot their highest team score of the season, coming in with a combined score of 312. But that was still good enough to fend off second-place West Linn by four strokes at Willamette Valley Country Club.

Lake Oswego has all but clinched the league title this year with one regular season tournament remaining before districts.

Max Carter continues to pace the Lakers. He had his team's low round of the tournament with a 75, two strokes off of the medalist's pace.

Adam Ruben was next for Lake Oswego with a solid round of 78 followed by Clayton Madey's 79.

And, playing in his second straight varsity tournament, Jackson Kitzinger fired an 80 for Lake Oswego's fourth score.

The Lakers will look to sweep through the regular season when they play at Arrowhead next Monday.

For Lakeridge, Cody Benko had his second-best round of the season, shooting the Pacers' low score with a 77.

David Zhou was next, firing a round of 85 and Casey Sherrel shot an even round of 90.

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The girls tournament was played at the exceedingly difficult Oregon Golf Club in wet and windy weather.

The West Linn girls cruised to another victory but individuals from Lake Oswego and Lakeridge put up some very solid scores.

Lakeridge's Connie Zhou shot a round of 81 for the Pacers' low score.

For Lake Oswego, Kelsey Moede fired an 84 which was just one stroke shy of her best for the season and was perhaps her best round of the year considering the course.

Danica Gazzigli was next for the Lakers with what was easily her best round of the spring, carding a 92.

Alexa Huewe also broke 100 for Lake Oswego.

While both the Lakers and Pacers are out of the running to make state as a team, the individuals will hone their games in the final regular season tournament at Stone Creek next week.

Zhou, Moede and Huewe all qualified last season and will look for a repeat performance.

The district tournament for both teams will also be held at Stone Creek once again this year.