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LO boys golf finishes 2nd at state

by: MILES VANCE Adam Ruben finished in a tie for 10th place individually to help Lake Oswego to a second place finish at state.

The Lake Oswego boys golf team found out just how difficult it is to repeat a state championship this week.

The Lakers played well, shooting a two-day score of 610 which normally would be enough to claim the title.

But a fantastic showing by Jesuit was enough to nip Lake Oswego by just four strokes.

"We had such a successful season and, with everybody coming back, we'll be in contention next year but I think this will sting for a little while," coach Sandy Sutherland said.

The Lakers endured a tough opening day on Monday, missing a handful of putts which left the team two strokes behind the Crusaders.

Max Carter and Adam Ruben each shot 77 on Monday. Carter had a tough start to the tournament, going three-over on his first two holes before rattling off 14 consecutive pars.

Ruben was one-under through eight holes but a pair of difficult holes sent him above par.

Spencer Sutherland had a terrific opening round for Lake Oswego, shooting an even-par 36 on the front nine, but he would close the day with a triple bogey and a bogey for a round of 78.

Clayton Madey would round out the first day's scoring with a 79.

"There were a few strokes we'd like back. We missed some putts and there were some very good pin placements. We played pretty well, we just came up a little short," Sutherland said.

On the second day of competition, most teams shot significantly better scores.

Carter rebounded with three birdies on his first five holes and shot two-under par on the back nine, finishing the day with a one-under par 71 and his two-day score was good enough for a tie for fourth place.

Ruben had a remarkably consistent second day. He opened with 12 straight pars en route to a 74, good enough for a tie for 10th.

Madey fired a round of 76 and was two-under par through 12 holes.

Jackson Kitzinger also contributed with a 78 on Tuesday and the team finished with a 299.

But Jesuit was just as strong. The Crusaders received an unworldly performance from their No. 4 golfer Eric Kech who followed Monday's 82 with a round of 68, the low round of the tournament.

That round almost single handedly propelled Jesuit to its slim victory.

Lakeridge's Cody Benko also wrapped up his season, finishing in a tie for 21st place.

Benko had a rough front nine on Monday but came in with a 37 to shoot 82.

Then, on Tuesday, he had three birdies and was just one-over par to move up the leaderboard.

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In the girls' tournament, Lake Oswego's Kelsey Moede got off to a fantastic start on Monday at Emerald Valley in Creswell.

She had an opening round of 79 which put her just six strokes off the lead. Moede would then shoot an 85 and finish in 12th.

Alexa Huewe finished in 23rd for the Lakers. She had a birdie on the third hole and opened with an 87, following it with a 91 on Tuesday.

Lakeridge's Connie Zhou got off to a slow start in the tournament, opening with a round of 82. But she was brilliant on Tuesday, posting three birdies for a round of 73 that moved her up to eighth place overall.