The Wildcats notch a 290 to win the first Metro tourney of 2013

by: MILES VANCE - ON TARGET - Westview senior Alec Fourie watches as his chip shot sails toward the green during the first round of Metro League play at Langdon Farms on Monday afternoon.

AURORA — It may not last, but the Metro League launched the 2013 boys golf season in style on Monday at Langdon Farms.

After opening each of the last several years in challenging weather conditions, the Metro's boys enjoyed the benefit of intermittent sunshine, moderate temperatures, calm winds and cloud-dappled skies on Monday. Westview took greatest advantage of the conditions, posting a 290 to win the tournament by six strokes over runner-up Jesuit and 12 over third-place Sunset.

“With the toughest league in the state it is hard to predict who will stand out, but that is the magic of the Metro League,” said Beaverton coach Brad Harvey, whose team finished sixth on Monday.

“As in recent years, the top two teams may not be determined until the final Metro League tournament,” said Jesuit coach Jay Minsker, whose Crusaders took second Monday at 296. “I just hope the weather gods continue to look upon us kindly this spring.”

The Wildcats were led Monday by senior Nick Baines, who shared medalist honors with Sunset sophomore Cam Smith after shooting a 3-under-par 69 at Langdon. But Baines had plenty of company at the top of the day's leaderboard, with all three of Westview's other varsity scorers — Hunter Wescott, Alec Fourie and Trent Glasgow.

Wescott tied for fourth overall after shooting 73, followed by Fourie and Glasgow in a seventh-place tie at 74. Westview's fifth player, Brandon Keller, shot 82 and placed 22nd overall.

For Jesuit, which shot 296 on Monday, sophomore PJ Hummelt and freshman Mike Petroff led the way by tying Wescott for fourth at 73. Junior David Ganz carded a 74 to tie for seventh, junior RJ Tennant tied for 10th at 76, and freshman Dylan Johnson shot 77 to tie for 12th.

Sunset notched a very respectable 302 on Monday to easily beat fourth-place Lincoln's 314, that effort led by Smith's sparkling 69 that earned him a tie for medalist honors with Baines.

The Apollos other varsity finishers were: junior Mitch Gatzke, 10th at 76; junior Chris Lou, 12th at 77; freshman Harry Kim, 15th at 80; and sophomore Jackson Hval, 25th at 86.

Southridge finished fifth overall at 323, its efforts led by the trio of Mat Hanna, Peter Styner and Brian Pete, all tied for 15th at 80. Sixth-place Beaverton shot 340, with freshman Max Murai carding an 80 to tie for 15th. Aloha's boys posted a 431, with Nate Ashby 31st after shooting a 95.

The Metro League returns to action after spring break at 10 a.m. April 1 at Portland Golf Club.

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