by: David Ball, Jared Spencer hits a ball onto the green.

A rainy day at Persimmon Country Club soaked Sandy's chances for a middle-of-the-pack finish in the Mount Hood Conference boys golf standings.

The Pioneers slipped to a seventh-place finish for the second straight week, dropping them behind Hood River and Reynolds in the standings with one week left in the season.

Sandy appeared to be in solid position when No. 1 player Josh Hardin hit the clubhouse with a 7-over-par 78, tying him for fourth in the individual rankings.

He started strong with a soft chip shot off the front edge on hole No. 1, leaving him a simple 5-footer for par. He almost scored birdie with his pitching wedge on the par-5, second hole, leaving his approach just a few feet short of the cup to set up another easy par putt.

Hardin put together another solid birdie chance on the par-4, eighth hole by landing his approach shot in the center of the green from almost 100 yards out. His birdie putt stopped inches short of the hole, as rain drenched the greens.

He finished strong with pars on seven of the final nine holes.

Other Sandy scorers were Thomas Kubitz with an 89, Jared Spencer with a 92 and Jamie Wood with a 101. The Pioneers finished seventh in the team tally with a 360 total.

Hood River and Reynolds each suffered disasters on the day, but managed to place just in front of Sandy in the team scoring.

Hood River's No. 1 player Max Gorman suffered an uncharacteristic 92, scoring a 12 on the par-5, sixth hole. After losing two balls on the fairway, he was forced to retrace his steps and play the hole over again resulting in a half-hour delay on the course.

Reynolds lost 15 strokes on its team score when it was ruled that their low scorer for the day, Tyler Tompkins, had failed to fill out his scorecard correctly.

Central Catholic finished with a 321 team total to claim its first victory of the season by three strokes over runner-up Barlow. The Rams vaulted past Gresham to the top of the league standings.

Centennial's Nick Chianello earned medalist honors for the fourth time in five tournaments this season, scoring an even-par 71. He finished with two birdies on the back-nine, winning by six strokes over runner-up Sam Mendez from Central Catholic.

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