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NWOC golf season begins during rain, wind storm

Golf rounds more a matter of survival
by: John Brewington WET TEE-OFF—St. Helens’ Eddie Martinez tees off during Monday’s rain and wind storm at the Wildwood Golf Course. The St. Helens team hosted Northwest Oregon Conference teams in the first round of play Monday.

The Northwest Oregon Conference kicked off their 2012 season at the Wildwood Golf Course early Monday afternoon amid a nasty wind and rain storm.

None of the few dozen players on hand really wanted to play given the damp conditions, and play would eventually be stopped early.

Umbrellas and rain gear were the order of the day, and even they didn't help much as the driving rain came in sideways.

'The match was shortened to 13 holes-the league rule for an official match,' St. Helens coach and tournament director Dave Lawrence said. 'The conditions were miserable. Wildwood was the only course we could have played because it drains so well.'

The St. Helens team actually had a fairly good outing scorewise, finishing third behind Sherwood and Liberty. Eddie Martinez was the first to tee off on the day and he had the lowest overall score with a 56 (for 13 holes). Nathan Hunter tied for eighth, while Colin Chiddick and Ryan Edwards had decent rounds. Cody Teyema, a first-year player had a respectable round, Lawrence noted.

The Lions will hope for a little more respectable weather when they travel to Glendoveer this coming Monday.

Match results:

Team scores: Sherwood 250, Liberty 256, St. Helens 262, Sandy 271, Milwaukie 294, Parkrose, 304, Wilsonville 327, Putnam, inc.

St. Helens Individuals: 1) Eddie Martinez (39-17) 56; T-8) Nathan Hunter (43-22) 65; Colin Chiddick (49-21) 70; Ryan Edwards (47-24) 71; Cody Teyema (54-24) 78.