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Lake Oswego sweeps district golf tournaments

The Lakeridge boys take 2nd, two Pacer girls qualify for state
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It’s a familiar scene. Last year’s district champions each defended their titles at Stone Creek Golf Course. Matt Montpas won the boys title with a two-day score of 142. Amy Beth Simanton was the girls medalist with a 140. The two helped their Lake Oswego teams to victory.

So apparently golfers like good weather. That's a pretty easy conclusion to come to when you look at the scores from the boys and girls district tournaments.

And the teams have earned it. After dealing with two months of cold, rain and sometimes snow, the sun finally came out and a host of Lakers and Pacers took advantage at Stone Creek.

The Lake Oswego boys and girls each won their respective tournaments while the Lakeridge boys came in second, clinching a berth at state.

And Lake Oswego's Amy Beth Simanton and Matt Montpas were each medalists of the tournament, and were the only two golfers to finish the two-day event under par.

The two had a 'friendly competition' going heading into the event and, for the record, Simanton's two-day score of -4 was enough for bragging rights by a mere two strokes.

Simanton was in the zone for 36 holes and only carded two bogeys in two days.

In earlier league tournaments, the defending state champion often found herself neck and neck with West Linn's Sharon Shin. The two were close again for a while until a string of birdies gave her some separation and gave her a seven-stroke victory.

Simanton will enter next week's state tournament with a target on her back as a defending champion but coach Mark Shoff believes that she thrives under pressure.

'She's peaking at the right time and I don't see her feeling any nerves,' Shoff said.

And Simanton wasn't the only player to go low for the Lakers.

Kendall Prince shot a 153, the tournament's third lowest round.

Deanna Ulrich was consistent, shooting a 92 on each day while Kelsey Moede came in with a solid 203, which helped the Lakers pull out the victory and tie for the league championship.

'We had to (shoot low) to beat West Linn. When our third and fourth players shoot well, we're tough to beat,' Shoff said.

A pair of Pacers also qualified for state as Taylor Babcock shot a 157 and Chloe Rossman finished with 189.

'We knew Taylor would be there and we're really excited about Chloe. She had this shocked look on her face when we told her. It was a huge prize for her,' Pacer coach Sandy Sutherland said.

Lakeridge closed out its season with an impressive third-place finish, 60 strokes ahead of fourth-place Oregon City and the Lakeridge qualifiers will try and continue their success at OGA in Woodburn.

'I think they're going to handle (the pressure) just fine,' Sutherland said.

Meanwhile, Shoff believes that his Lake Oswego team can finish in the top-five with two good days.

'I'd like to see both us and West Linn do it and I really think we have the potential,' Shoff said.

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In the boys' tournament, Lake Oswego rebounded from its first league loss in three years to win districts by 10 over Lakeridge.

The Pacers succeeded in breaking Lake Oswego's streak in the final regular season tournament last Monday.

The Lakers didn't waste time starting a new streak. Montpas' two-day total of 142, included an opening day round of 69.

It was Montpas' second district championship in a row, which is something that coach Chris Sheik knows doesn't happen very often.

'It's quite an accomplishment. He beat out some really strong players,' Laker coach Chris Sheik said.

All four Lake Oswego scorers, shot under 160 and, if each of those players drops a shot or two at state, the Lakers could find themselves in the hunt for a state title.

'All of our guys have had rounds of 74 or better so we know what they're capable of. There are some really good teams but I think we're one of about five or six that you could put in a hat and draw out a name,' Sheik said.

Chris Mei was the team's second lowest scorer with a 150.

He shot a 72 on the tournament's second day and was under par midway through the round.

Gerik Illo had two solid round of 77 and 78, shooting around his average in both rounds.

'Gerik's been one of our most consistent guys all year. He rarely comes in over 80,' Sheik said.

Rounding out the scoring for the Lakeres was Tye Gabriel's 158.

Three of Lake Oswego's top-four golfers made the first team all-league while the other made the second team.

'Our top four guys really came through for us. This group plays better with the pressure on and I expect that to stay the same at state,' Sheik said.

Meanwhile, Lakeridge continued its strong late-season push, topping third-place Clackamas by 24 strokes.

George Lin had the second lowest round of the tournament with a 147, just three strokes over par for 36 holes.

Matt Kitto was consistent, tying Mei's round of 150.

Jackson Maynes also came in under 160 with a two-day total of 158 and Tyler Elliott completed the scoring with a 167.

Lakeridge has provided Lake Oswego with some stiff competition this year and the two teams have pushed each other, which is something that should pay benefits at Trysting Tree next week.

'Lakeridge really gave us some good matches this year. They beat us at mid-districts but had an unfortunate disqualification and then they tied us earlier in a tournament but we had the tiebreaker,' Sheik said.

The Pacers will look to pick up a top-10 finish of their own next week.