Crimson Tide makes it a perfect six-for-six in conference golf tournaments this season

The Glencoe boys golf team is right where it wants to be.

On Monday, the Crimson Tide capped the regular season with another Pacific Conference tournament victory, this time at Forest Hills Golf Course. With team wins in all six league contests to date, Glencoe enters the upcoming district tournament in great shape to qualify for the Class 6A state golf tournament later this month.

“It was good to ... make it six for six,” Glencoe coach Tim Duvall said. “So that sets us up pretty good for the district tournament next week.”

Monday’s league victory was the closest of the season for the Tide, who shot a team score of 333 strokes, compared with 337 for Newberg and 347 for Tigard.

Connor Tripp led Glencoe with an 82 and tied for third place. Ethan Zickel and Jared Duvall were two shots back and tied for fifth, while Nick Karich shot an 85 for a four-way tie for seventh. Hayden Vetter rounded out the team score with an 88 (15th place).

Newberg’s Steven Bell and Tualatin’s J.J. Paulson tied for medalist honors with an 80.

Among the other Hillsboro schools, Century finished seventh with a 393. Colson Gower led the Jaguars with a 90 (tie for 18th). Hilhi played just three golfers, so the Spartans did not post a team score, but Josh Hathaway shot an 89 (tie for 16th), and Justice Parkinson, who shot a 93, recorded a hole in one on the 13th hole.

“All the scores were a bit higher than what we’ve seen, making it a little closer,” Duvall said, adding that the course presented some challenging lies and firm greens for the players on a blustery day.

With the win, Glencoe picked up another 14 points in the team race and now has 84 — the maximum number possible heading into the district tournament, slated for next Monday and Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks. Tigard follows with 66 points, and Newberg is third with 64. Century is sixth (24).

That lead provides Glencoe quite a bit of cushion for state qualification. Scores will be tabulated on both Monday and Tuesday, and as with regular-season play, teams will earn points based on where they finish in the daily standings (each day of districts is weighted more heavily than a regular-season contest). The squad with the highest number of points after the district tournament will be crowned conference champion and will earn one of two state berths. The other will go to the team that wins the district tournament — or to the second-place team, should Glencoe win.

Tripp, Jared Duvall, Zickel and Karich enter the district tournament as the second- through fifth-ranked players in the league, behind Newberg’s Bell, and each of four has earned medalist honors at a league tournament this year.

Tim Duvall said his team’s playing order for the district tournament would be determined on Wednesday (after press deadline), when the squad participated in an invitational at Trysting Tree Golf Course, site of the Class 6A and 5A boys state tournaments on May 13-14.

“They’re an experienced crew, and they all have a lot of competitive golf under their belts now,” Duvall said about his team. “It’s kind of been relaxing this year for me, because ... any one of them could be the medalist.

“It really doesn’t matter what position they play in. They all want to play No. 1 now.”

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