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Gresham wins tight race on its home course

BOYS GOLF -- Top three teams are separated by only three strokes
by: David Ball, Centennial junior Nick Chianello tees off on the par-3, sixth hole Thursday at Gresham golf course. He led all players with a 5-under-par 67.

Centennial's Nick Chianello beat the rest of the field by a mile Thursday, April 17, at Gresham Golf Course.

The Eagles' junior earned medalist honors with a 5-under-par 67, highlighting his round with a near-eagle on the 459-yard, eighth hole. He reached the edge of the green in only two shots and his long eagle putt stopped inches short of the hole, leaving him a simple tap-in for birdie.

Chianello did most of his damage on the four par-5 holes, scoring three birdies along with an eagle on the 461-yard, 16th hole.

Centennial finished with a 312 team total to take fourth in a tight team race.

Gresham won its third tournament of the year with a 305 finish, beating runner-up Central Catholic by a single stroke. Alex Spicer shot a 78 to provide the difference for the Gophers, beating the Rams' No. 4 scorer by three strokes. Nick Ingram and Zach Lacey shared the team lead for Gresham with 75s.

The par-5, eighth hole proved to be the easiest of the day, surrendering nine birdies and an eagle.

Look for extended golf coverage in the Saturday, April 19, issue of The Outlook.