Scappoose's boys believe they have what it takes for another strong run at state

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Scappoose senior Jake Gray hits a tee shot during Monday's round at the Special District 2 tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.The Scappoose boys golf team isn't done.

Not by a long shot.

The Indians, the 2017 Class 4A state champions, ensured that they'll get a shot to defend that title after placing second at the Special District 1 tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks on Monday and Tuesday.

"The berth to the state tournament means a lot to us as a program," said Scappoose coach Weston Powers. "It has been our goal all year to make it to state. We know that once you're there, anything can happen."

Talented Valley Catholic took top honors at the two-day tournament, shooting 310 on Monday and 324 on Tuesday — the two lowest rounds of the event — for a first-place team total of 634. The Indians were a solid second after shooting 332 on Monday and 337 on Tuesday for a 669. Seaside placed third in the tournament after shooting 337 on Monday and 350 on Tuesday for a team total of 687.

All three teams qualified for the upcoming Class 4A state tournament, set for Monday and Tuesday at the Eagle Crest Ridge Course in Redmond. Tee times are set to start at 8 a.m. each day.

"I look forward to us being a contender at state," Powers said. "We have the luxury of playing in the Cowapa League, which is by far, the best golf league in 4A. Valley Catholic, Seaside and us have been firing the lowest team scores in the state this season and we have been battle tested against each other."

The Indians were led at district by senior Jake Gray, who stepped up with an 8-over-par 80 on Monday and a 78 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 158 and a fourth-place individual finish. Sophomore Chase Elliott was close behind after carding a 79 on Monday and an 82 on Tuesday for a 161 and a fourth-place finish.

"We played great as a team," Powers said. "Chase Elliott stepped up big time on Day 1, shooting a 79. Jake Gray stepped up on Day 2, scoring a 78 with tough, windy conditions on the back nine."

As they have all year, however, the Indians proved that they're more than just two players. This time, they got an 86-88—174 by senior Jack Eggers to place 11th overall, followed by senior Lucas Elliott with an 87-89—176 to finish 16th, and junior Jaden Holmason at 97-90—187 to place 23rd.

"Everyone shot very close to their season scoring averages and handled the pressure of playing in a qualifying tournament very well," Powers said. "We are peaking at the right time of the season and have a lot of confidence moving forward."

With their finish, the Indians qualified for state as a team for the sixth straight season, an accomplishment that the team knows is special.

"That is a great accomplishment that we don't take for granted," Powers said. "It is a tough feat to get into the state tournament and we look forward to taking advantage of our opportunity."

Given the team's success this season — in league play and elsewhere — the Indians believe they have as good a shot at state as anyone.

"We all played in the state prep tourney at Eagle Crest earlier in the season and know the course well," Powers added. "We will have to play smart rounds and manage the course as it is very tight with lots of trouble off the tee."

Valley Catholic's Cole Schmidlin shot 79-75—154 to place second overall, while teammate Cole Heinsen went 77-79—156 to finish third.

For Seaside, Jackson Kunde shot 85-83—168 to finish eighth overall.

Also qualifying for state as an individual was tournament champion Carter Lee of Tillamook, who shot 73-73—146 to win by eight strokes.

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