Bandon’s boys golf team has stamped itself among the contenders for the Class 3A-2A-1A state title behind the strong group of brothers Scotty and Jackson Kennon and senior Casey Peters.
Between, them, they have taken medalist honors at nearly every tournament this year.
At Monday’s Bandon Trails Invitational, Scotty Kennon took medalist honors with an impressive 2-under 69, which was eight shots better than his brother and runner-up Jackson. Peters shot a 92 and Alexander Schulz a 102 as the Tigers beat seven other schools for the team title.
Earlier this season, Peters took medalist honors in tournaments at the Bandon Crossings Invitational and the North Bend Invitational at Coos Golf Club. He was second in the season-opening tournament at Tokatee with a 1-over 73.
Peters easily won the Bandon Crossings and North Bend tournaments, which did not include the Kennon brothers, with scores of 81 and 83.
Jackson Kennon made his season debut in the Oregon Invitational at Pumpkin Ridge, taking medalist honors with a 4-over 75. Peters was second (79) and Schulz tied for fifth (83) as the Tigers finished second to Oregon Episcopal.
Logan Garner was Bandon’s fourth golfer at the Oregon Invitational and Nick Turner and Ernest Potter also have participated in tournaments for the Tigers.
Scotty Kennon made his season debut in the Bandon Match Play Invitational at Old Macdonald last week, and was the only Bandon player to win his match against Marist. Both Jackson Kennon and Peters suffered close losses.
Bandon’s girls team includes Ashley Strain, Jessica Tittle, Becky Yu, Auburn McCabe, Bella Erenfeld and Amelia Russell and the Tigers have been improving throughout the season.
On Monday, Russell had the team’s best score with a 59 for nine holes, while Erenfeld shot a 60 and Strain and Yu both a 66 in the Reedsport Invitational at Forest Hills Country Club.