Boys golf - Vikings get three season-best performances to finish second at annual tourney

Three Forest Grove golfers turned in their best rounds of the season to guide the Vikings to a second-place finish at their annual tournament at Tokatee Golf Club in McKenzie Bridge.

Every year the Vikings host an invitational tournament at Tokatee, ranked by Golf Digest as one of the Top 25 public courses in the country, and every year head coach Ron Romanick gets pleading phone calls and e-mails from fellow coaches to include their squads in the field. This year was no different.

'Before the tournament even began everyone wanted to make sure they would be in the tournament again next year,' Romanick joked. 'It's really a great event and a lot of fun for our kids.'

The Vikings made it even more fun by posting a team score of 329 to narrowly edge McMinnville (330), McNary (331) and West Salem (339) for second place. Sprague won the tournament with a score of 314.

'It was close and it was nice for us to finally come out ahead,' Romanick said. 'Several times this year we've been on the wrong end of close scores like that.'

Jarek Swanson finished third individually with a round of 75, his lowest of the season. He was joined by Joe Strother (80) and Colby Saxe (89), who also posted their lowest rounds of the year.

Luke Peters fired an 80 to finish in the Top 10 individually and Jesus Gonzalez rounded out the Vikings' team score with a 91.

'It was a good tournament for us,' Romanick said. 'We played well. The weather was sunny and warm, and what a difference it makes for us when the weather is nice.'

Forest Grove returned to Pacific Conference play on Monday and finished fifth at Willamette Country Club. The Vikings shot a 343 to finish three shots out of fourth place.

Peters had the low round of the day for Forest Grove, shooting an 84, with Swanson (85), Strother (86), Gonzalez (88) and Saxe (90) close behind.