Westside boys golf takes 2nd

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Westside Christian High School's boys golf team earned second place in the recent state tournament. The team is from left to right: Kevin Krostag, Jordan Wakem, Tyler Jorgensen, David Ball, Morgan Cho, Mark Stockamp, Matt Hester and coach Roger Allcroft.

Westside Christian High School's varsity golf team finished the season in stirring fashion with a well-earned 2nd place finish at the state tournament in Corvallis on May 16-17.

The Eagle golfers earned their berth in the state tournament the week before by finishing second at their District Tournament at the OGA golf course in Woodburn. Here senior David Ball and sophomore Mark Stockamp both shot their best rounds of the season, a 78 and 79 respectively, but it wasn't enough to fend off their District rival, Kennedy, who played their best golf of the season.

Heading into the State Tournament Coach Allcroft knew the Eagles had a chance to earn a trophy. "We have played all the best teams in the state during the season and have either beaten them or lost by just a few strokes," Allcroft stated. "We'd need to step up our game a little, but I knew these guys could do it." They planned to do it in an unusual way - by playing all seven varsity players in the tournament.

Allcroft broke the team into three groups and gave each group a goal for the tournament. David Ball, Mark Stockamp, and sophomore Tyler Jorgensen would play both days and were challenged to shoot an average score of 81. Seniors Matt Hester and Kevin Krostag would play on Monday and were challenged to post a score in the 80's between them. Sophomore Morgan Cho and senior Jordan Wakem would play on Tuesday with the same challenge. If they could step up their play in this fashion, this would give them a 332 round, 7 shots better then their best round of the season and a shot at a trophy.

On Monday morning, the first day of the tournament, the golfers were loose, confident, and eager to start play. David Ball, teeing off first, got off to a shaky start but recovered to shoot an 83. Mark Stockamp played steady and posted an 82, while Tyler Jorgensen, playing 3rd, had his best front nine of the year and continued that pace to shoot a career-best 76. Kevin Krostag and Matt Hester played well and posted a 90 for their rounds. The Eagles had just shot a 331 score, their best round of the year, and found themselves in 1st place in the tournament at the end of day one.

On the second morning of the tournament, the golfers teed off in reverse order of Monday's scores. After the front nine, four teams were within a four-shot margin, so the championship would be determined on the back nine. Morgan Cho and Jordan Wakem finished first, posting a very good 88, and David Ball came in next with a nice 81 score. Suddenly it was a two-team race for 1st place.

Mark Stockamp, scorching the front nine, continued his torrid play and finished with a career-best 75 for the day. With only one score to post, Westside and St. Mary's were still tied and significantly ahead of the other teams. Tyler Jorgensen finished the 18th hole with a smile, having just shot an 82 for the day and allowing the Eagles to shoot a 326, breaking their previous day's season record.

In the end, it wasn't quite enough to win the championship trophy, but by surpassing their goals for the tournament, they beat 12 other teams to earn a 2nd place trophy as runner-ups for the State Championship. Mark Stockamp and Tyler Jorgensen earned All-State honors with their outstanding play.