Jared Duvall sinks a par putt on No. 18 to give Glencoe its second straight district golf champion

Jared Duvall must have nerves of steel, because he surely needed them this HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Glencoe senior Jared Duvall erased a four-shot deficit on Tuesday afternoon to win a Pacific Conference district golf championship.

The Glencoe standout opened up the Pacific Conference boys golf district tournament with a solid 2-over-par 74 on Monday. That performance provided him with a one-shot lead over Tualatin’s J.J. Paulson heading into Tuesday’s second and final round at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.

But that tenuous margin evaporated rapidly when Paulson shot 2-under through the first five holes Tuesday while Duvall was 3-over — meaning that Paulson held a four-stroke lead in the overall standings at that point.

Duvall, who has been having some trouble with his irons lately — including during the tournament — could have packed it in at that point. But thanks in part to a solid day in the chipping and putting departments, Duvall reeled Paulson back in over the rest of the course.

“The pressure was on me to start, and then it got flipped onto him once he was playing really well,” Duvall said.

The two golfers entered the par-4 18th hole dead even for the tournament, and then the drama really kicked up a notch.

The Crimson Tide senior hit his second shot about 15 feet past the pin, while Paulson left his ball about 12 feet short and to the left of the hole. Putting first, Duvall narrowly missed for birdie, and he tapped in for par.

After that, Paulson sent his birdie putt past the hole, so he needed to sink only about a 4-foot putt to forge a tie with Duvall.

“He kind of just walked up to it like he did all day, and he was making those all day,” Duvall said. “Then he missed that one.”

That miss was Duvall’s gain, as Paulson then tapped in for bogey and finished with a two-day total of 151 to Duvall’s 150.

“The last Pacific Conference golf tournament there’ll be, unless they bring the Pacific Conference back,” Duvall noted. “So it’s cool to win the last one. It was a good way to go out. That’s kind of how I pictured it happening all year, and it was fun.”

Duvall’s victory gives the Tide their second conference medalist in as many years. In 2013, Duvall’s former teammate Connor Tripp won the league tournament, also at Quail Valley, with Duvall three strokes back in second. Interestingly, Duvall has now posted the same two-day score at the same site in consecutive district competitions.

“That’s pretty cool for Glencoe to have the conference players of the year two years in a row,” said Tim Duvall, not only the Tide’s coach but also Jared Duvall’s father.

With the victory, Duvall locked up medalist honors, plus a first team all-league award and a trip to next week’s Class 6A state tournament, also to be staged at Quail Valley. A year ago, Duvall finished 10th individually to land the final spot on the all-tournament team and steer Glencoe to a tie for fifth place, the best result in school history.

This time around, Duvall will be competing as an individual at state, slated for next Monday and Tuesday. District champion Tigard (644) and runner-up Tualatin (662) claimed the league’s two team berths to state.

Hillsboro, which actually finished second to Tigard in the team standings on Day 2, wound up third overall with a 679 score. Glencoe took fourth place (706), followed by Century (725), Forest Grove and McMinnville (both 728), and Newberg (735).

“We kind of hung around that fourth-place spot all year long, and that’s where we ended up,” Tim Duvall noted.

Hilhi’s Joash Farlow fired a 159 to wind up fourth. He will join Duvall as an individual competitor at state, as will McMinnville’s Bryce Brooker, who finished sixth this week (161).

Also for the Spartans, Austin Sitton scored a 165 to tie for eighth, Justice Parkinson was 16th (171), Connor Grover tied for 25th (186), and James Lum was 27th (187).

Tide senior Isak Chun joined Duvall on the all-league team as an honorable mention selection. After a bit of a slow start with an 89 on Monday, he rebounded with an 83 on Tuesday for a 172 total, good for a tie for 17th place.

“He ended up having a pretty solid year,” Tim Duvall said. “He was right around 82, 83 every round, so I was happy that Isak made honorable mention,”

The rest of Glencoe’s participants were Cameron Meyers (31st, 193), Dylan England (tie for 32nd, 195) and Taylor Labonte (34th, 197).

Jordan Sheffer paced Century with a 167 and a 12th-place result. Cameron Peniuk (21st, 178), Tyler Senz (tie for 29th, 191), Andy Nguyen (tie for 32nd, 195) and Taylor Hoyt (35th, 198) also competed for the Jaguars.

The Class 6A boys tournament kicks off next Monday afternoon at Quail Valley and will conclude the following day. The younger Duvall is shooting for a top-five finish.

“If not, I won’t be too disappointed,” he said. “I’m just going to try to go out and have fun in my last high school tournament ever.”

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