Tigard is second, West Linn is third and Lakeridge fourth at Stone Creek on Monday.
Most teams would have been happy.
The Lake Oswego boys golf team — playing in the second week of the Three Rivers League season at Stone Creek Golf Club on Monday, March 20 — stepped up to win the tournament by shooting 310 to beat runner-up Tigard by seven strokes.
But the Lakers — who placed all five of their varsity players among the day’s top-10 finishers — have big goals this season and they knew they could have played even better.
“(It was a) very disappointing result for the team, but now, all focus is being put towards winning the state title,” said Lake Oswego junior Adam Wrenn, who finished ninth overall with an 8-over-par 80.
The day’s complete scoring included: Lake Oswego 310, Tigard 317, West Linn 318, Lakeridge 346, Tualatin 350, Oregon City 398.
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While the Lakers wished they’d done more, they were — at the very least — better than the rest of their TRL contemporaries on Monday. LO was led by Tanner Frinell’s 74 (he tied for second in the field of 30), followed by Drew Woolsworth and Adam Blackmore at 78 (tied for fifth), Wrenn at 80 and Braden Larsen at 81 (he placed 10th overall).
Tigard took second in the team standings and saw sophomore Jennings Oelke win medalist honors with an even-par 72 in the day’s cool, wet conditions. The Tigers’ next-best finisher was Douglas Bailey, who tied for seventh overall at 79.
West Linn’s boys took third thanks to Cade McVicker’s 2-over-par 74 (he tied for second) and Harris Nichols’ 79 (tied for seventh).
“Considering the conditions I felt like I played a great round of golf,” McVicker said. “For this tournament, my goal was to just make pars and not try to force bridies, and if I got a bogey then it was fine. … A few putts not dropping was the difference between me winning and not winning but overall I felt like I played a great round of golf.”
The rest of the Lions’ varsity included: Collin Davis at 82; Grady Kane at 83; and Logan Rusk at 86.
“I felt as a team, we could have done a lot better than we did,” McVicker added. “Everyone on the team could have made a few more putts and could have hit a few better shots. If we are able to eliminate those misses, we are close to winning the tournament.”
Lakeridge, meanwhile, placed fourth in the team standings thanks to junior Nilay Naik’s 2-over-par 74 (he tied for second).
“Today’s adverse weather made every shot a challenge, but I fought hard and demonstrated mental and physical toughness,” Naik said. “It wasn’t about the score, but about how I handled myself.”
The rest of the Pacers’ varsity included: Ryan Smalley at 86; Adam Farrell at 92; Noah Willott at 94; and Ronan O’Hare at 122.
Next up, the Lakers, Lions and Pacers compete in TRL action at Oswego Lake Country Club at 10 a.m. Monday, April 3.
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