big tournaments are here for Madras golfers.
   Both the boys' and girls' teams will compete at district tourneys on Monday and Tuesday.
   The boys will be at Big River Golf Course in Umatilla. The girls will be at Meadow Lakes Golf Course in Prineville. In both tourneys, the two lowest-scoring teams qualify for state. In addition, the three individuals with the lowest scores not on the qualifying teams will also advance to state.
   Expect low scores at this Intermountain Conference district tourney. The event is a par-70 courses, two shots less than what IMC golfers usually compete on.
   In the IMC preview meet in early April, many golfers recorded scores in the 70s with the medalist shooting an even-par 70.
   Both Nathan Gerhardt and Chance Squiemphen shot their season lows at Big River. Gerhardt had a 76 and Squiemphen a 79.
   Madras and the rest of the IMC golfers have one more event before district. They will play at Meadow Lakes on Thursday.
   The Buffs competed in the Summit Invitational last Thursday.
   Gerhardt led the way with an at River's Edge Golf Course. Madras shot a 382 for ninth place.
   Adrian Phillips had a 95, Jasper Gerhardt a 96 and Kasey Johnson a 103.
   Madras also competed in the Seaside Invite on Monday at Astoria's Golf and Country Club. Nathan Gerhardt led the way with an 81. Jasper Gerhardt had a 98, Johnson a 100 and Phillips a 110.
   Madras prepared for the district tourney by competing in the junior varsity championships Monday at the Eagle Crest Resort's Challenge Course. The Buffs finished second with a score of 371.
   Rachael Simmons led Madras with an 87 to finish third overall. That was her career low by 18 strokes.
   Kristi Olney shot a 93, her best score by 23 shots. Moriah Pugh finished with a 99, her best by 15 strokes. Courtney Freshour shot a 102.
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