LO boys golfers win districts, look to defend state title
The Lake Oswego boys golf team put on a show to cap a tremendous regular season last week at Stone Creek.
The Lakers won the tournament handily, breaking 300 as a team on both days, highlighted by a brilliant 292 on the second day of competition.
"It was a very strong showing. There was consistent play from top to bottom. We got some nice weather and it was great to see them put it all together," Lake Oswego coach Sandy Sutherland said.
Lake Oswego had three players place in the top five individually.
The battle for medalist honors turned out to be a showdown between teammates Max Carter and Clayton Madey.
Madey had his best round of the season on the opening day, shooting a 69 to take a two-stroke lead in the event.
He would follow that up with another under-par round of 71.
But Carter came on strong. After posting a round of 71 on Day 1, the defending district champion made his move on the second day of competition, shooting the low round of the tournament with a 68, to nip Madey by one stroke.
"Both of those guys were just tremendous. It's the best they've looked all season," Sutherland said.
Adam Ruben was consistent and steady for the Lakers, firing two low rounds of 74 and 75 to finish in a tie for fourth place individually.
Jackson Kitzinger rounded out Lake Oswego's scoring, shooting an 80 on the first day of competition and 78 on Day 2.
Lakeridge also had a strong showing at the tournament.
Cody Benko earned a trip to state as an individual. He shot a round of 73 on Day 1 and came back with a 78 on Day 2.
David Zhou also had two strong rounds, shooting 80 and 82 and missing out on a trip to state by just four strokes.
Casey Sherrell also ended with two solid scores, carding an 85 and an 87.
The Lake Oswego will boys will now look to defend their state championship and appear to be playing some of their best golf of the season. Four of the team's top five golfers played at state last year.
This year's state tournament will be at Quail Valley.
"I think the course sets up well for us. It's wide open and the guys can just bomb it off the tee," Sutherland said.
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In the girls' tournament, Lakeridge's Connie Zhou had a fantastic opening round, posting the low score of the day with a 71.
She would fire an 80 on Day 2 which was good enough for a top-five finish and another trip to state as an individual.
Hana Campbell was second for Lakeridge with rounds of 87 and 86.
For Lake Oswego, the team's two returning state qualifiers from last year will play in the tournament again this year.
Kelsey Moede was terrific in the tournament, cracking 80 on Day 1 for the first time this year with a 76. She then shot an 80 on Day 2 to make it back to state.
Alexa Huewe was steady for the Lakers as well with two rounds of 83 and 84 that also marked her best two rounds of the season.
Danica Gazzigli was in the mix for a state berth after Day 1, shooting her best round of the year with an 85. She would follow with a 94 on Day 2.
The girls' state tournament will be held at Emerald Valley in Eugene.