Austin Landis came very close to defending his state title in Class 4A high school boys golf.
A year ago the Gladstone High School senior made school history, earning overall medalist honors at the Class 4A State Boys Golf Tournament with rounds of 73 and 77, for a 36-hole tally of 150 at Creswell's Emerald Valley Golf Club. He was his school's first ever state champion in the sport of golf.
Last week Landis finished just two strokes off the pace at the 2011 state championship tournament, shooting rounds of 73 and 77, for a 6-over-par 150 at the Eagle Crest Ridge Course in Redmond. Klamath senior Justin Wiles (148: 73-75) was medalist in the 82-golfer field.
La Grande junior Mavric Goss (150: 79-71) tied Landis for runner-up honors. La Grande also won the team title. Sophomore Paul Bundy (170: 92-78) led La Salle's boys team, which finished 13th.
Landis wasn't the only local golfer to turn in an impressive showing in statewide competition. West Linn (627 points) won the Class 6A girls state championship and Lion senior Morgan Thompson was 6A medalist, with rounds of 73 and 71, for an even par 144, at Emerald Valley Golf Club.
Clackamas junior Ryan Pickthorn did himself proud at the Class 6A boys state tournament, shooting mirror rounds of 75, for a 6-over-par 150, at Quail Valley. He tied for eighth place in a field of 78 golfers.