CRESWELL — A fourth straight Class 5A boys golf state championship was seemingly not meant to be for Summit on Tuesday.
Despite all five of their golfers placing in the top 24 at Emerald Valley Golf Club, including three in the top 13, the Storm finished with a two-day total of 643 to take second at the state tournament — 20 strokes behind Marist.
“I told the guys last night that I knew (the Spartans) weren’t going to go low again,” said Summit coach Andy Heinly, referring to Marist’s first-round score of 299 compared with Summit’s 318. “I told them we could chip away at them. But our guys just couldn’t get on track. They weren’t hitting the ball where they needed to (in order) to score. … It just never happened. We never got into a rhythm.”
Summit proved to be best in the field in avoiding scores worse than par during the tourney. The Storm’s 94 pars bested Marist’s total of 84. But the Spartans from Eugene combined for a tournament-high 21 birdies and added an eagle for good measure. The result was Marist’s fourth state championship since 2006 and first since 2012.
William Fleck paced the Storm with a seventh-place finish as the junior recorded a 9-over-par 81 during the final round for a two-day 157. Jackson Murphy and Hayden Klein were the only two Summit players to improve on their first-round scores, as Murphy posted a 79 on Tuesday to take 11th with a two-day 160, while Klein carded an 81 to tie for 16th with a 164. Summit’s Luke Simoneau was 13th with a 162.
“I told them they had nothing to hang their heads about,” Heinly said. “They had a solid year and now they can get after it this summer and learn from this experience and come back and get it next year.”
For Ridgeview, which was sixth as a team with a 711, 2017 state champion Isaac Buerger placed fifth individually with a 155 after recording a final-round 80. The Ravens’ Justin McMahon posted the second-biggest improvement between rounds, shaving 14 strokes off his opening-day score for an 11-over 83 on Tuesday and a two-day 180 to tie for 27th.
Thurston’s Tyler Garner claimed medalist honors with a final-round 73 that led to a 1-over 144 for the championship. John Pollock was second with a 145, one of three Marist players who placed in the top 10 to secure the team championship.