Sunsets boys get back in the game

The Apollos finish second to Jesuit, forge a tie with Westview's boys
by: MILES VANCE, ALL-WEATHER GOLFER — Sunset’s Sam Rayburn chips onto the green at Quail Valley during his team’s second-place Metro League finish on Monday.

BANKS - Tick. Tick. Tick.

The clock is winding down on the Metro League boys golf season, but there's still a lot left to play for and a lot left to be decided.

Jesuit's boys won their fifth straight league tournament on Monday at Quail Valley, shooting a Metro-best total of 294 in the unseasonably cool temperatures. While the Crusaders posted the best scores of the day - including a 69 posted by senior medalist Jeff Petroff - the story of the day was the race for second place.

In this case, it was Sunset's boys - also the 2007 Metro runner-up - who held the upper hand in their race with Westview for the league's second berth to the state tournament. The Apollos recorded their best team score of the Metro League season, shooting 305 to best Westview's 314 and create a tie for second place in the season-long points race.

Jesuit leads the season scoring race with 60 points, while Sunset's Monday runner-up effort lifted into a second-place tie with the Wildcats, each team at 44 points. There are two weeks left in the regular season, with Metro tournaments remaining at Rock Creek Country Club (at 2 p.m. Monday) and at Meriwether National Golf Club in Hillsboro (at 2:30 p.m. May 5).

'I feel like we are starting to improve our team score on a weekly basis,' said Jesuit coach Jeff Minsker. 'Our goal each week is to shoot at or below 300.'

Petroff won Monday's match with his 69, a round that included five birdies - three of those coming in a five-hole stretch on the back nine - and just two bogeys. But Jesuit gave Petroff plenty of help on Monday too, with senior Sam Kloenne shooting a 71, Adam Strength at 76, Ryan Marx at 78 and Jake Coleman at 79.

'Looking ahead to the state

tournament, we will need to continue to improve on our team scoring,' Minsker added. 'For us to have a chance to win the state tournament, we will

need to have individual and team scores around par.'

While Jesuit's berth back into the Class 6A state tournament - the Crusaders are the defending 6A champions - is all but assured, nothing has been decided as far as the league's second team berth to state goes.

Sunset senior Logan Gerritz tied Kloenne for the second-best score of the day at 71, a round that included five birdies, three of those on the back nine to offset an 11th-hole double bogey. Two of Sunset's three other varsity scorers also finished in the 70s, with senior Tyler Parker at 75 and Tudor Bertea at 76.

Apollo teammate Joe Rayburn added an 83 and Cole Papazian finished at 85.

Westview, meanwhile, saw all four of its varsity scorers land in the 70s, with senior John Abercrombie leading the way at 77 and its next-best three players - Gabe Ellis, Lane Stiles and Sean Daoud - all at 79 - and Harry Chang at 82.

'It's coming right down to it,' said Westview coach Timothy Hall. 'To not have to rely on a tiebreaker, we have to finish ahead of Sunset two weeks in a row. It makes (both of the last two league tournaments) very important.'

Southridge, as it has all year long, placed fourth overall, this time at 325. The Skyhawks were led by Spencer Barnes' 76, an 80 from Lamar Prince and an 83 by Paul Erlandson.

Likewise, Beaverton was fifth for the fifth straight time and Aloha sixth yet again - the Beavers led by Christian Boudreau's 77 and Aloha by Kyle Memmott's 82.