Bandon’s boys golf team is in contention for its second straight Class 3A-2A-1A state golf title after the first day of the state championships on Monday at Emerald Valley in Creswell.
Bandon shot a team score of 350 on Monday, trailing Oregon Episcopal by four strokes. The Tigers were well ahead of third place Riverdale, which shot 370 on Monday.
Jackson Kennon led the Tigers on Monday with an 85, which left him tied for eighth place, but the key golfer for Bandon was Matt Yarbor, the only Tiger to have a strong back nine. Yarbor’s 40 on the back nine, when Kennon shot a 45, kept Bandon within reach of OES.
Yarbor and Alexander Schulz were tied for 11th with their rounds of 87 and Isaac Cutler had a 91 for the Tigers.
Bandon is hoping for a similar second round to their effort at the district tournament, when Kennon came from behind for the title and the team shot its best score of the season.
“We improved by 27 shots the second day of districts,” Bandon coach Scott Millhouser said.
Brookings-Harbor’s boys were seventh in the team race at 397. They were led by Cameron Kime, who was tied for 15th with an 88.
La Pine’s Tommy Rohde, Portland Christian’s Kameron Gomez and Rogue River’s Evan Mengerhausen shared the lead in the race for medalist after all three shot 80.
CLASS 5A GIRLS: North Bend’s Victoria Slos was in sixth place after the first round at Quail Valley Golf Club in Banks, but the Bulldogs lost any chance at a team trophy because of a disqualification.
Slos shot a 91.
North Bend’s Brenna Mault shot a 102 and was tied for 14th and Alex Wilson shot a 113.
But North Bend’s fourth player — the only other Bulldog in the competition — was disqualified for a rules violation. Since the team didn’t have a fifth golfer, they were knocked out of the team race.
“If the player’s score had counted, North Bend would have been close to fourth-place Ridgeview in the race for a state trophy.
“We definitely played great today,” North Bend coach Riley Grandinetti said. “The girls are devastated.”
In the other state tournaments Monday, Crescent Valley held an 18-stroke lead on neighbor Corvallis in the Class 5A boys tournament at Trysting Tree, while Ridgeview’s Isaac buerger had a one-shot lead after shooting an even-par 71.
In the Class 4A boys tournament, Marist Catholic had an 18-shot lead over Seaside in the team race after shooting a team score of 313 and also had the top two individuals — Nick Watts (74) and Arnav Reddy (76).
St. Mary’s again charged to the front in the Class 4A-3A-2A-1A girls division with a total of 307 that was 35 strokes better than Valley Catholic at Eagle Crest. Bailey Hammericksen shot a 3-under 69 and led her sister, Riley, by five shots in the medalist race.
Jesuit’s boys had the best round of the day by any team, a 5-over 289 in the Class 6A tournament at Trysting Tree. Jesuit's A’drew Reinhardt and Ethan Tseng and Lincoln’s Nate Stember all shot an even-par 71.
And in the Class 6A girls division at Quail Valley, Westview led Jesuit by 15 strokes after shooting a team score of 300. Westview’s Alexa Udom had the best individual score at any of the tournaments with a 5-under 67, but it was only good for a one-shot lead on Summit’s Olivia Loberg.