SUNRIVER — Bend High coach Rusty Clemens wants to believe his team is playing at its best right now. And that, the boys golf coach said, is exactly what the Lava Bears are doing.
Behind Sam Nielsen’s 6-over-par 78 — which tied for first in the 30-golfer field — Bend finished with a score of 320 to edge crosstown rival Summit by two strokes at the Crosswater Tournament at Crosswater Club on Wednesday.
“You’re always happy to get a win,” Clemens said. “But it doesn’t matter how well you play the first 10 tournaments (of the season). Now is when the important stuff happens. ... Us and Summit have been neck and neck all year. We make each other better. But we’re really, really happy (with Wednesday’s team win).”
Nielsen shared medalist honors with Crook County’s Mayson Tibbs, and with Max McGee tying for third with a 79 and Matt Klar cracking the top 10 with an 80, Bend topped Summit in the final regular-season tournament of the year.
Summit’s Jack Loberg and Cole Chrisman tied for third with a 79, while Declan Watts and Ryan Blackwell tied for eighth with matching scores of 82.
Ridgeview was third as a team with a 347, Crook County had a 355, and Mountain View and Redmond High rounded out the standings with a 360 and a 420, respectively.