Sherwood has both key returnees and solid newcomers

by: DAN BROOD - UP TO PAR -- Sherwood junior Joe Reed is one of several key returnees for the Bowmen golf team this season.SHERWOOD — It’s easy to say that the Sherwood High School boys golf team had a successful 2013 season.

After all, the Bowmen claimed the Northwest Oregon Conference district championship and went on to place seventh in the team standings at the Class 5A state tournament.

But, maybe, you haven’t seen anything yet.

With some key returnees, some promising newcomers and plenty of depth, Sherwood is taking high hopes into the 2014 campaign.

“We’re looking to repeat as league champions this year, with a squad that may be even stronger than last year,” Sherwood coach Jeff Stirling said. “We have a strong team, with plenty of experience, and some new blood, as well. We are hoping to make a run at the state championship this year.”

Among the returnees for the Bowmen is junior Joe Reed. Last year, Reed placed second at the NWOC district tournament with a two-round score of 148 strokes. He went on to finish in a tie for 15th place at the Class 5A state tournament with a score of 156.

The Bowmen return their four other players who competed at state last year in senior Blake Peterson, senior Gabe Reed, junior Justin Schwarm and senior Brice Kuehne.

Peterson finished just one shot behind Joe Reed at the state event last year, carding a 157. Gabe Reed was right behind him with a 158.

Also playing for Sherwood this year will be senior Keegan Brasch, freshman Drew Francois and sophomore Rylan Thomas.

“All eight of these players will compete to play on the varsity squad,” Stirling said.

The Bowmen got their NWOC season off to a winning start, as they posted an impressive victory at the conference-opening match held March 19 at Wildwood Golf Course.

Sherwood took first place at the tournament with a team score of 308 strokes, putting the Bowmen 23 shots ahead of second-place Wilsonville.

Joe Reed claimed medalist honors at that tournament with a round of 72. Brasch finished in second place, two strokes back at 74.

Also for the Bowmen at that tournament, Peterson and Schwarm each shot an 81 and Francois had a round of 89.

Last Thursday, Sherwood placed sixth out a field of 17 schools at the Canby Invitational, held at Willamette Valley Country Club.

The Bowmen had a team score of 343 at that event.

Gabe Reed led the way for Sherwood with a round of 80. Kuehne shot an 86, Thomas carded an 87, Peterson had a 90 and Schwarm shot a 96.

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