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Golfers struggle at Gresham

The Sandy boys golf team pulled off some spectacular shots Thursday, April 17, at Gresham Golf Course, but it wasn't enough for the Pioneers to avoid their worst finish of the spring season.

The Pioneers took eighth in the team tally with a 342 total, falling four strokes behind Hood River and seven behind Reynolds.

Jerad Spencer led Sandy with a 10-over-par 82. He highlighted his round on the par-5, eighth hole where he sent an approach shot into the rough on the right side of the green. His short chip shot hit the green at a fast pace, but banged into the flagstick and dropped for an eagle - one of only two turned in during the day.

Medallist Nick Chianello from Centennial converted an eagle on the par-5, 16th hole. He finished with a 5-under 67.

Spencer finished strong four pars and two birdies, and his 2-over-par 38 ranked 10th overall for the back-nine.

Sandy's No. 1 player Josh Hardin finished with an 83, also highlighting his day on the eighth hole. He drove his ball down the center of the fairway on the 459-yard hole, setting up a short pitch shot that landed on the front of the green and slowly rolled uphill toward the hole. It stopped four feet short giving Hardin an easy look at a birdie putt.

Other Sandy scorers were Jamie Wood with an 84 and Thomas Kubitz with a 93. Wood had the team's most consistent round never scoring higher than a bogey. He beat the No. 3 scorers on three other teams and had his best effort with a birdie on the par-4, 13th hole.

Gresham won its third tournament of the year with a 305 finish, beating runner-up Central Catholic by a single stroke. The top four teams were separated by only seven strokes.

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