Class 6A golf — Hosting a Pacific Conference meet, Newberg drops 36 strokes from its team score

The Newberg High School boys golf team bounced back from a rough outing Friday at the Sprague’s Oly Invite, shaving 36 strokes from its score to finish at 380 Monday as the Tigers hosted the second Pacific Conference meet of the season.

NHS stumbled to a team score of 416 at Illahe Hills Country Club in Salem, with senior Nolan DeHaven carding a team-best 86 as the Tigers placed SETH GORDON - Going low -- Newberg senior Nolan DeHaven placed fifth individually Monday at the Pacific Conference meet by carding a season-low 78 at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course.

Led by DeHaven’s 78, Newberg carded a 380 Monday at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course, but had to settle for eighth place.

“The course itself played pretty difficult, so the scores were a bit higher than what we saw at the Preserve in our first (league) match,” first-year head coach Patrick Baker said. “(DeHaven) was fifth with his lowest score of the year, so we’re pretty excited about that. Hopefully that will get him on track for the year.”

Christian Miller and Hayden Farrell turned in rounds of 90 and 94, respectively, with first-year varsity players Matt Hanks (118) and Garrett Witmer (131) rounding out the group.

Tigard took home the win with a 320, followed by Tualatin (337), Hillsboro (348), McMinnville (359), Forest Grove (365), Century (368), Glencoe (370) and Newberg.

Individually, Glencoe’s Jared Duvall and Tualatin’s J.J. Paulson shared medalist honors at 75, with Nick Jones of Tigard taking third at 76 and Joash Farlow of Hillsboro placing fourth at 77.

Farrell carded a 96 Friday in Salem to finish second on the team at the Oly Invite, followed by Miller (102), Hanks (132) and Witmer (145).

“It was a great learning experience for our kids, but a tough go,” Baker said.

Grants Pass won the event with a 325, besting Lakeridge and Sunset by seven strokes.

The Tigers played both tournaments without varsity player Tyler Bell, who is recovering from an injury, which has pressed Witmer, who has little golf experience overall, into action a bit ahead of schedule.

Baker took over the team this year after the departure of Branden Thompson, who is now leading the George Fox University men’s team.

A school counselor in his seventh year at NHS, Baker previously coached football, basketball and golf at Liberty High School before stepping away from coaching when his daughter was born.

Now that she’s 6, Baker said he felt it was the right time to come back.

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