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VC sends Ong on to state golf

Greg Ong takes fifth in the district tournament at Quail Valley
by: Miles Vance VC LEADER — Valley Catholic junior Greg Ong blasts out of a greenside bunker on Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course.

BANKS - The sun shone, both literally and figuratively, on Valley Catholic's best golfers this week.

The Valiants, playing in the District 1 tournament on Monday and Tuesday, qualified and junior Greg Ong for state, but fell short of sending their team on to state.

The Valiant boys were tough in the District 1 tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course on Monday and Tuesday, but unfortunately, both Catlin Gabel and Oregon Episcopal were just a bit tougher.

Catlin Gabel won the tournament title with a two-day total of 687, while OES took second at 708 - those two teams will advance to the Class 3A/2A/1A state tournament at Trysting Tree - while the Valiants finished third at 724 and were left on the outside looking in.

'Valley Catholic came into district as one of the favorites ... (but) after a rough first day, the Valiants had their work cut out for them, trailing Catlin Gabel by 14 strokes and OES by 19,' said Valley Catholic coach Aaron Harris. 'Unfortunately for the Valiants, the deficit was too much to overcome.'

Still, there were some notable highlights for VC, foremost among them the play of Ong, who shot 84-81-165 to finish fifth overall and qualify for state. Play at Trysting Tree will begin at 7:30 a.m. on both Monday and Tuesday.

'Ong has shown the potential to put up some great scores when it matters most,' Harris said. 'Watch for Ong to be in the mix for the individual championship come the back nine on Tuesday.'

Senior Brandon Gallinat was not so fortunate, however, shooting 82 on Monday and 85 Tuesday to finish sixth overall at 167 and just missing out on an individual berth to state.

Conor Oliver of Catlin Gabel won medalist honors after shooting 78-74-152, while Jared Darby of Neah-Kah-Nie carded a 89-74-163 to finish second and secure the league's other individual berth to state.