Glencoe's boys have won all three of their league tournaments

The 2013 season is shaping into a fine one for the Glencoe boys golf team.

On Monday, the Crimson Tide defended their home turf at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, winning their third Pacific Conference tournament in as many tries this season.

Glencoe breezed to the team victory with 311 strokes, 26 better than runner-up Tigard. Century finished sixth with 385, while Hilhi played only three golfers and posted an incomplete team score.

Not only did the Tide win top team honors, but they swept the first three places in the tournament.

Ethan Zickel posted a 2-over par 73 to earn medalist honors for the second time in four days. Teammates Connor Tripp and Jared Duvall tied for second, four strokes back. Zickel was steady throughout his round, shooting par on 12 holes to go along with two birdies and four bogeys.

The Tide’s other varsity participants were Hayden Vetter (84, tie for eighth) and Nick Karich (87, tie for 14th). Colson Gower led Century with an 86 (13th), while Josh Hathaway posted a 93 (22nd) for Hilhi.

“We’ll take that, because if we continue down that road, we could have first place wrapped up by the district tournament,” Glencoe coach Tim Duvall said Monday evening of his team’s result.

But despite his team’s most recent superlative performance, Duvall had hoped for just a little more.

“I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining a whole lot, because we won and 311’s good, but we were on our home course and we were kind of shooting for somewhere between like 302 and 309,” Duvall explained. “The kids play the course so much that we were hoping we’d fall in there.”

Still, Duvall said that Zickel, Tripp and son Jared Duvall played “pretty good rounds.”

The team win puts the Tide in prime position in the conference race with three league tournaments remaining. They lead the league heading into this coming Monday’s tournament at Meriweather National Golf Club in Hillsboro with 42 points, followed by Tigard with 36 and Newberg with 30. Century is sixth with 12 points.

The most recent Pacific Conference title continues an impressive line of successes this season. Glencoe opened conference play back on March 18 with a 13-stroke win over Tigard at Tualatin Country Club and duplicated that margin of victory over the Tigers at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course last week, when Tripp took home the individual win. And a week ago, the Tide shot a 316 — 19 strokes better than runner-up Lincoln — to take the team title at the Oly Invitational in Salem.

And the scary thing, at least for the competition, is that Glencoe has still has room for improvement.

“I suppose you can say that about anything, but I just don’t really feel like there’s ever been a tournament where ... all five guys just performed the best they could,” Duvall said. “Now, maybe we’ll never get that, but we’ve kind of taken on setting a number for ourselves with the course and trying to have a certain team score versus worrying about our opponents so much.”

The other remaining Pacific Conference tournaments prior to the district tournament are scheduled for April 22 at Michelbook Country Club and April 29 at Forest Hills Golf Course. The district tournament is slated for May 6-7 at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.

More immediately, Glencoe is back in action today at the High Desert High School Challenge, being staged at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond. Duvall mentioned that his golfers are getting the chance to test themselves against top teams like Jesuit and Class 5A powers Corvallis and Marist.

Said Duvall: “We’re also trying to ready ourselves for the state-level competition, which we’re needing to improve to have a better showing at state this year.”

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