GOLF: Jesuit junior Sam Kloenne wins his third straight Metro tourney
CORNELIUS - Metro League golfers usually look forward to playing at Forest Hills Golf Course.
It's friendly layout and relatively shorter length usually lead to sub-par scores and birdies by the bagful, but not so on Monday.
Forest Hills yielded just one score of par - Sam Kloenne's even-par 72 for Jesuit - and 10 more totals in the 70s in Monday's cool, damp conditions.
That said, Jesuit had the most success dealing with the weather, the less-than-stellar conditions on the greens and the tough pin placements Monday, piling up a team total of 306 to win its fourth straight Metro tournament.
And for the third straight week, it was Kloenne, a junior, in the driver's seat. Kloenne's 72 gave him his third straight Metro victory (he didn't play in week one), this one by two strokes over junior teammate Jeff Petroff (74).
It also increased Kloenne's lead in the season-long race for low average in the league; he is currently at 72.7 strokes per round while Petroff is second at 74.7, Aloha's Kyle Memmott is third at 75.0, Sunset's Travis Lloyd is fourth at 75.7 and Sunset's Tyler Parker fifth at 76.0.
'A lot of the boys were disappointed in their scores,' said Jesuit coach Jay Minsker. 'There were some tough pin placements and it just didn't give up many birdies. It was just playing tougher than normal.'
Kloenne, however, was playing just as tough as ever on Monday.
'Sam is probably the most consistent player we have,' Minsker said. 'His emotions don't get control of him now and that's really helped him. He doesn't let bogeys upset him so much anymore.'
In addition to Kloenne's 72, Petroff notched a 74, Sean Collopy notched a 79 (despite a 10 on the 16th hole), Jake Coleman carded an 81 and Tony Moneta had a 90.
Their efforts lifted Jesuit to 40 points in the season-long team points race and virtually guarantee the Crusaders another league title and berth to the Class 6A state meet.
Sunset took second on Monday with a team total of 316, 10 strokes behind Jesuit but more importantly, 10 strokes ahead of fourth-place Southridge's 326. The Apollos' success, led by Travis Lloyd and Logan Gerritz's 76s, lifted them to 28 points in the team standings and a six-point lead over the Skyhawks for second place and the chance to earn the league's second team berth to state.
That's 'a good position to be in with three tournaments to play,' Sunset coach Brian Kienlen said. 'The team really wants to get to the state tournament and we have put ourselves in a good position to reach that goal.'
Before Monday's match, Sunset led the Skyhawks by just two points; if Southridge had finished ahead of the Apollos Monday, the two teams would have moved into a second-place tie. Instead, Sunset's six-point edge means that Southridge must (at least) beat Sunset in each of the three remaining Metro League matches to forge a second-place tie.
While Lloyd and Gerritz (who chipped in for eagle on the 18th) led the way for Sunset Monday, Graham Kim and Derek Leahy added 82s, and Tyler Parker had an 83 (including a hole-in-one on the 131-yard par-3 13th).
Southridge, with its state tournament hopes now on life support, was led by Chris Charbonnier's 78 and a 79 from Mike Zahler.
Beaverton, which took third on Monday at 322, got a 78 from Andy Norris and a 78 by Christian Boudreau.
For fifth-place Westview (327), it was senior John Abercrombie at 82 and junior Josh Barth at 83. And for Aloha (328), Memmott and Alex Kelley each shot 76.
The next Metro League match is set for 2:30 p.m. Monday at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.