LHS in tie for first at state tournament
BANKS — The La Grande boys golf team is on the brink of another state title. After Day 1 of the 4A state tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course Monday, the Tigers are tied for first place with North Valley.
Both teams finished 37-over for a team score of 325, while La Salle Prep is 14 shots behind at 339. North Bend (341) and Sisters (344) round out the top five.
“We’re in this thing, which is what we wanted,” coach Ron Evans said.
“We just need to go out (today) and relax.”
Individually the Tigers have three players in the top 10.
Both Mavric Goss and Daniel Seymour shot a 79 to put them in a four-way tie for fifth place. Nathan Ladendorf shot an 80 to put him tied for ninth.
Jake Girard finished with an 87, while Joel Wylam carded an 89 for LHS.
North Valley’s Ryan Melnychuk was the only individual to finish in red numbers after going five-under par for a 67. Estacada’s T.J. Barber is the next closest competitor at one over 73. Zach Cummings (77) of Sisters and James Kirkpatrick (78) of North Bend are third and fourth, respectively.
The Tigers are trying for their second consecutive state title. The action will wrap up today.
Enterprise boys sit in 11th place
The Oulaws are in 11th place in the 3A/2A/1A state tournament in Banks.
EHS shot a 387, while Wallowa is in 14th place with a 416. St. Mary’s leads the tournament with a 320.
Wallowa’s Pierce Miller and Cove’s Sergio Morris are tied for 30th after shooting an opening-round 87.
Jordan Wulff (95) is tied for 47th to lead Enterprise, while teammate Cody Hopkins is one stroke back.
Wallace in tie for 28th
REDMOND — La Grande’s Carrie Wallace shot an opening-round 94 at Eagle Crest Ridge Course Monday.
That puts Wallace in a three-way tie for 28th place, while teammate Kayli Miles is tied for 53rd after shooting a 105.
Both Wallace and Miles are playing as individuals, as the Lady Tigers didn’t qualify for the state tournament as a team.