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FEELING CHIPPER: La Grande’s Mavric Goss shot an individual-best 74 to put LHS in the lead at the district tournament Monday. CASEY KELLAS / The Observer
UNION — The La Grande boys golf team is in good position to repeat as Greater Oregon League district champions.
The Tigers shot a 317 on Day 1 at Buffalo Peak Golf Course in Union Monday, putting them 19 strokes up on second-place Crook County (336).
Baker is third with a 347, McLoughlin shot a 349 and Ontario is in fifth at 377.
“It was a very solid day, all the kids played really well (Monday),” coach Ron Evans said.
Mavric Goss led the LHS charge shooting a 74, putting him in first place in the individual standings.
The senior went out with a 34, picking up birdies at the Par-4 fifth hole and another at the eighth.
But Goss struggled on the back nine, coming in with a 40.
He made a double bogey on the Par-3 15th hole, then made bogey on the final two holes to close out his round.
Joel Wylam carded a 79, going out in 41 and coming in with a 38.
“Joel is starting to play like he should, which is good,” Evans said.
Daniel Seymour shot an 81 for La Grande, knocking down a birdie on the first hole to go out in 39.
Nathan Ladendorf fired an 83, and Jake Girard shot an 86.
McLoughlin’s Ryan Bullock shot the second-best individual score of the day after carding a 78 to lead the Pioneers.
Baker’s Brandon Ellwanger was one of three golfers to shoot an 82.
“All the teams played really well. I’m excited. Hopefully we can hang on (Tuesday) and go to state,” Evans said.
The tournament will wrap up today, with the action starting at 10 a.m.
Lady Tigers sit in fourth
PENDLETON — The LHS girls golf team is in fourth place at the district tournament in Pendleton after shooting a 464 on Day 1.
Ontario is first (409), Heppner is second (442) and Baker is third (454).
Carrie Wallace is tied for the individual lead with Ontario’s Riley Hemlich after shooting an 88. Kayli Miles is eighth with a 98, two back of the top five, which what is needed to qualify for state.
Tessa VanLarrhoven shot a 135, Cassidee Miller carded a 142 and Dez Kellogg fired a 170.
In order to qualify for the state tournament as a team, LHS will need a top-two finish.
Today is the final day of competition at Pendleton Country Club.