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Backups shine for boys golf

by: David Ball, Junior Josh Hardin gauges his putting distance at Portland's Glendoveer Golf Course April 11.

PORTLAND - Sandy's lineup was turned upside down during a Mount Hood Conference boys golf tournament Thursday, April 12, on the east side at Glendoveer. Still, the Pioneers managed to escape the cellar by beating Hood River and David Douglas in the final team tally.

Sandy tallied a 346 total and finished sixth at the eight-team tournament. Its supporting cast, the No. 3, 4 and 5 golfers, came up with the team's best marks Thursday. Jamie Wood led the charge with an 11-over-par 84 total.

He highlighted his day with a birdie on the 533-yard, second hole and finished his round with five straight pars. That stretch included the long uphill fairway on the 541-yard, 15th hole - ranked as the toughest on the back-nine.

Logan Meade followed with an 86 that included pars on 6 of the first 10 holes, while Jarred Spencer strung together three straight pars on the front-nine to finish with an 87.

Golfing out of the team's No. 1 spot, Josh Hardin had the Pioneers final counting score with an 89. He struggled to a 12-over mark by the turn, but found his stroke on the back-nine. Hardin highlighted his comeback by sinking a 10-footer for par on the 192-yard, 13th hole. He set up the par opportunity by chipping his ball to the center of the green, then watching as it came off a tier and rolled slowly toward the flagstick.

Central Catholic placed three golfers among the top five overall to claim its third league win in as many tries. The Rams finished with a 312 total to beat runner-up Centennial by 23 strokes. Jake Wagner paced Central with a 75.