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Rams win golf tourney at Rose City

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Central Catholics No. 3 golfer Jake Ellis warms up at the first tee box before Wednesdays tournament at Rose City. He finished with a 4-over-par 76. The Central Catholic boys golf team picked up its second lopsided win in as many tries, tallying a collective 297 score at Rose City on Wednesday to beat runner-up Barlow by 34 strokes. The Rams had four of the top five scorers, led by Trevor Warner out of the first group with a 1-under-par 71. He started the back-nine with back-to-back birdies.

Central Catholic stormed through the back nine with all five of its varsity golfers scoring birdies on the par-5, 11th hole. The entire group earned pars at 13 and 15.

The Rams’ No. 3 and 4 golfers Jake Ellis and Jake Ryan each finished with 76s, topping the No. 1 golfers for every other school except Gresham.

Gresham’s Austin Spicer earned medalist honors with a 3-under 69, picking up five birdies on the day. He was most effective on the long par-5s where he finished with three birdies and a par.

Barlow was second as a team with a 331 total, led by Joseph Knight with a 77. He finished with nine pars and birdied twice on the back-nine.

The Bruins best stretch came on the 14th and 15th holes where it shot a collective 2-under as a team with No. 4 and 5 golfers Chance Finnerty and Cooper Jewell each carding birdies on the 14th. Barlow picked up six strokes on David Douglas over those two holes, accounting for the difference in a tight race for second place.

The Scots finished third with a 336 total, led by Matt Stenhouse with an 81, while Centennial was fourth in the team race, led by Derek Melvin with a 79. Centennial’s Dillon Browning had the day’s only eagle on the par-5, 11th hole.

The league’s next tournament is at 1 p.m. Thursday at Persimmon Country Club.