The Lakers rally past Jesuit as Cole Madey wins the individual state crown

by: VERN UYETAKE - Cole Madey putts from off the green on the second day of the state golf tournament this week. He had rounds of 70 and 73 to win the individual title by two strokes. Lake Oswego's boys golf team continued its run of dominance, rallying in the second day to win the state golf tournament at Quail Valley this week. It marks the Lakers' third straight state title and its fourth and five years.

The Lakers also claimed the individual state champion for the first time since Tye Gabriel tied for the title in 2010.

Cole Madey followed up a round of 70 with a 73 on Tuesday, good enough for a two-stroke victory over his closest competitor.

But it didn't come easily for the Lakers this year. After Monday's rounds, Lake Oswego, somewhat surprisingly, was in second place trailing Jesuit by five strokes.

The Crusaders were at their best Monday, shooting just one over par as a team. Still, Lake Oswego was well within striking distance and was anything but panicked.

On the second day, when scoring conditions were tougher, the Lakers shot a 301, just seven strokes higher from their previous day's score while Jesuit shot a 325, allowing Lake Oswego to cruise to a relatively comfortable win.

Madey had a terrific tournament despite somewhat of a rough start which saw him post two double-bogies on the front nine on Monday.

However, Madey rallied to shot a five-under par 31 on the back nine to put him back in contention.

Madey was under par on the back nine again on Tuesday, posting birdies on the final two holes to seal the state championship.

Riley Elmes was next for the Lakers, shooting rounds of 76 and 71 to finish in fifth individually. Elmes was the only player in the tournament to play under par on Tuesday.

He posted three birdies on the front nine and was in striking distance of a shot at the individual state title himself until a double bogey on the 18th hole.

Alex Wrenn had rounds of 73 and 78 for the Lakers to finish in a tie for 10th. Wrenn's opening round was highlighted by an eagle on the 10th hole and, on Tuesday, he had five birdies in an up and down round.

Brock Anderson shot a 75 and a 79 for the Lakers and was one of the team's most consistent performers during the season while Kendall Kintzinger shot 79 and 85.

The Lake Oswego boys don't show any signs of relinquishing their dynasty any time soon as all four of the team's top players are either sophomores or juniors.

Lakeridge's Jake Reiff was in contention for an individual state title virtually all tournament long for the second year in a row.

He shot a 70 and a 76 to finish in a tie for third. On Monday, Reiff posted four birdies and just a pair of bogeys to fire a 70, putting him just one stroke off the lead.

Then, on Tuesday, Reiff was just one-over par through 13 holes on his way to a 76 and another top-five finish.

Cade Lawson rebounded from an 85 on his first day with a very strong 78 on Tuesday. He played his final nine at just one over par for the tournament.

In the girls' state tournament at Emerald Valley in Eugene, Lake Oswego's Cami Dozois posted two rounds of 89 and was the third-lowest scoring freshman in the competition.

She posted a pair of birdies in her round Monday and, on Tuesday, she had an eagle on the par-four 10th hole to start her round.

Jessica Lee had rounds of 100 and 95 for the Lakers birdying the par-3 second hole on Tuesday. Lakeridge's Sonya Swanson shot rounds of 89 and 95, playing the front nine in 44 on Monday.

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