Connor Tripp and Jared Duvall sweep the top two positions to lead the Crimson Tide to a convincing district championship

Glencoe made the Pacific Conference district golf tournament its playground earlier this week.

Easily preserving its undefeated conference record for the season, the Crimson Tide shot a 614 on Monday and Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks, defeating runner-up Tigard by 38 strokes and cruising to a berth in next week’s Class 6A state tournament in Corvallis. The tournament wrapped up Glencoe’s first ever overall conference title.

Newberg (659) was third, followed by McMinnville (682), Tualatin (690), Forest Grove (733) and Century (734). Hillsboro did not field a complete team and did not post a team HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Glencoe's Connor Tripp hits off the tee Tuesday during the Pacific Conference boys golf tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course. Tripp won the tournament with a two-day score of 147.

“That makes it eight for eight and (we’re) playing pretty well right now heading into the state,” Glencoe coach Tim Duvall said. “It’s exciting that we still even get another week to play.”

The Crimson Tide were dominant on the individual leaderboard as well as in the team score. Connor Tripp shot a white-hot 2-under-par 70 on Monday and then added a 77 on Tuesday to hold off teammate Jared Duvall (150) by three strokes for medalist honors. Nick Karich shot a 155 to tie for third. Also competing for the Tide, Ethan Zickel (165) finished 13th, and Hayden Vetter (166) was 14th.

“I don’t know if it’s quite sunk in yet,” Tripp said about his performance Tuesday evening. “It took a while to really know for sure if I got the win or not, but once I did, it felt pretty good. I think it will set in here in the next day or so.”

Tripp, a senior, recorded his career-best round on Monday, Tim Duvall said, shooting just one bogey to go along with three birdies, but he still had to fight off his close friend and teammate the following day. Halfway into Tuesday’s round, Jared Duvall had closed to within two strokes, the older Duvall said, before Tripp finished with a 38 on the back nine to Jared Duvall’s 39.

“Definitely the first day was great. The second day, I didn’t play so hot,” Tripp noted. “Basically there was just one hole on the second day that I kind of messed up on, so that was my own fault. But obviously, with that first day I had a little leeway to do something like that even though I didn’t want to. But it ended up being all right.”

Jared Duvall felt his overall level of play in the tournament was solid, though he felt he did not close out well, shooting a double bogey on the 18th hole on Monday and ending Tuesday’s round with consecutive bogeys. But he was gracious in finishing second to Tripp.

“I’m happy for Connor. It is his senior year, and I’m happy he won,” said Duvall, a junior. “We just like to compete against each other, and we don’t like to lose to each other. When I beat him, he’s mad, and when he beats me, I’m mad. But at the end of the day we still like each other.”

Heading into the 6A state tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Club, Glencoe has the benefit of experience on its side. All five Tide golfers played on last year’s 11th-place squad in the Class 6A state tournament in Creswell. For next week’s tournament, Tim Duvall tabbed reigning champion Lake Oswego as the clear favorite, but he is hoping his squad can work into a top-six finish.

“I think they’re playing confident, yet they aren’t satisfied quite yet,” Duvall noted. “They know that they want to now have a better showing at the state tournament this year compared to what they did last year, so that’s kind of the next thing on their minds.”

Like his coach, Tripp felt that he and his teammates are ready to go.

“I think the last two days were a really good test for us, just because the length of Quail Valley was about the same as what we’ll be playing at state,” Tripp said. “I think we’re all pretty comfortable at Trysting Tree for state, so I think it’ll be pretty close to how we performed at Quail. At least, I hope so.”

In Colson Gower, Century also will send a participant to the state tournament. Gower shot a 155 at Quail Valley, tying with Karich for third place and earning one of the league’s three individual berths. McMinnville’s Tanner Autencio (156) and Tualatin’s J.J. Paulson (158) took the remaining two.

Jordan Sheffer added an eighth-place finish for the Jaguars, finishing one stroke behind Paulson and just missing a state tournament bid of his own. Josh Hathaway shot a 171, tying for 17th to lead Hilhi’s three-player crew.

The state tournament kicks off Monday morning in Corvallis. Jared Duvall, for one, is looking forward to the trip.

“We just gotta stay focused, pretty much just keep the mindset that we can get in the top five,” he said. “Last year we didn’t do so well at state, but this year we’re a lot more confident going in, so we should do pretty well, I think.”

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