Sherwood has its best-ever finish at the state tourney

by: DAN BROOD - FINISHING STRONG -- Sherwood High School junior Joe Reed chips onto the green on hole No. 18 during play Tuesday at the Class 5A boys golf state tournament. The Bowmen tied for second place. BANKS — They charged.

They charged strong.

They charged through the wind.

They charged up the standings.

And, while that charge wasn’t quite enough to get the Bowmen the state championship they wanted, it earned them the best finish in school history.

The Sherwood High School boys golf team concluded its best-ever season by tying for second placed at the Class 5A state tournament, held Monday and Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course.

“That means a lot to us,” Sherwood junior Joe Reed said. “We battled back the second day. That was nice.”

“We’ll be happy with it,” Sherwood senior Gabe Reed said. “I’ll take it.”

The Bowmen finished the two-round tournament with a total team score of 627 strokes, putting them in a tie with Summit for second place in the final standings. Bend claimed the Class 5A team state championship with a score of 617.

Sherwood had to rally back in Tuesday’s round, played under windy conditions, to finish in a tie for the runner-up spot.

The Bowmen shot a 314 in Monday’s first round, putting them in fourth place at that point. They trailed third-place West Albany by six shots, second place Summit by seven and pace-setting Bend by 15 going into Tuesday’s round.

by: DAN BROOD - NEAR THE CUP -- Sherwood senior Blake Peterson watches his putt on hole No. 14 during play Tuesday at the Class 5A state tournament.But that’s when Sherwood made its charge.

“We just refocused,” Gabe Reed said. “We knew what we needed to do. We wanted to make up for the first day.”

And, with that in mind, the Bowmen took off.

Under Tuesday’s challenging conditions, Sherwood had a team score of 313. That was the best mark of any Class 5A team in the second round, and only one Class 6A squad, state-champion Lake Oswego, bettered that score when those teams took to the windy Quail Valley course later on in the day.

Bend had the second-best score among Class 5A teams for Tuesday’s play with a round of 318 — five shots worse than the Bowmen.

“We wanted to leave it all on the course,” Joe Reed said.

Joe Reed led the way for the Bowmen at the tournament. He shot a 76 each day to finish with a two-round score of 152, which put him in a tie for fifth place in the final individual standings.

by: DAN BROOD - BIG HITTER -- Sherwood senior Keegan Brasch watches his drive on hole No. 17.“That was good,” he said.

In Tuesday’s second round, he started off strong, scoring a pair of birdies on the front nine holes, putting him at one-over-par for the day going into the back nine.

He did a fist pump on hole No. 16 after sinking a clutch par put.

“I needed that,” he said. “I think I missed three straight three-footers before that.”

He also saved par on hole No. 17 after his drive put his ball next to a chain link fence on the left side of the fairway.

“That was big,” he said.

by: DAN BROOD - BACK AND PLAYING STRONG -- Senior Gabe Reed came back from a knee injury to help the Bowmen tie for second place at the Class 5A state tournament.Gabe Reed, who had been battling patella tendonitis in his left knee throughout the season, had a two-day score of 157, which put him in a tie for 13th place in the standings. He shot a 75 in Tuesday’s round, helping to fuel the Bowmen comeback.

“I thought I played real strong,” he said. “I got my game back in form. It was also nice to get the chance to go out and play with these guys.”

Sherwood senior Blake Peterson had a two-round score of 160, which included a 79 in Tuesday’s second round.

by: DAN BROOD - FRESHMAN POWER -- Freshman Drew Francois had a strong first round for the Bowmen at the Class 5A state tournament.“It was OK,” said Peterson, who finished in a tie for 19th place. “I could have played better, but I was glad that I pulled through with a 79.”

Sherwood senior Keegan Brash had a two-round score of 162, which included a 79 on Monday.

Bowmen freshman Drew Francois, playing in his first high school state tournament, had a 78 on Monday and an 85 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 163.

“I had a rough day, today,” Francois said. “But my teammates pulled through.”

by: DAN BROOD - SECOND BEST -- The Sherwood High School boys golf team, including (from left) Joe Reed, Keegan Brasch, coach Jeff Stirling, Gabe Reed, Drew Francois and Blake Peterson tied for second place at the state tourney.“But, yesterday, he was huge,” Peterson said of Francois. “We needed his score.”

Crescent Valley sophomore Kevin Geniza won the individual state championship with a two-day score of 147. Bend junior Ryan DeCastios was the runner-up at 149.

The state tourney marked the end of the Bowmen’s stay in the Class 5A boys golf ranks. Next year, Sherwood will play in the Class 6A Three Rivers League.

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