CORVALLIS — Unhappy with how they played in Monday’s first round, the Summit Storm stayed at Trysting Tree Golf Course an additional two hours to work on putting.
That extra time on the greens paid off Tuesday, as the Storm climbed the leaderboard to finish third in the Class 6A boys golf state championships.
“I was proud of them today, coming back, because that’s what we expect,” Summit coach Andy Heinly said of the Storm after following Monday’s 314 with a 300 on Tuesday. “Our baseline is 300. With this group of guys that’s the highest we should be. I’m proud of the guys for coming back the way they did. They just played solid. That’s what I expect out of this group.”
Summit was led by freshman Lucas Hughes, who shot 75-74—149 to place eighth individually in his first state tournament. Senior William Fleck, who has signed to golf at Iona University in New York, carded a 79-73—152 in his final high school competition.
Another Summit freshman, Sam Renner, also shot under 80 both days, finishing with a 79-77—156.
Sophomore Hayden Klein was right behind him, shooting 81-76—157.
“The young guys played really well,” Heinly said. “We’ve got some really good freshmen. In the next couple of years, it will be fun to watch them grow and mature because they’re very talented.”
Jesuit ran away with the 6A team title, shooting 1-under 283 on Tuesday after 289 on Monday for a combined 572.
Mountainside, 303-297—600, finished second.
“We’d much rather be playing the best competition in the highest level,” Heinly said of Summit moving from 5A to 6A after last school year. “Jesuit is clearly head and shoulders above everybody right now. What they shot today is incredible. And Mountainside is solid, too. We’re right there. We’ve got a lot of ways to go to stay with Jesuit, but I think our guys understand what they need to do and have the ability to challenge them.”
Bend, which shot 317-323—640 to finish tied for eighth, also feels good about its future.
Sophomores Cort Benner (77-78—155) and Parker Krovisky (79-78—157) led the Lava Bears, who with no seniors on this year’s squad return their entire team next season.
“I was really impressed with the way that they handled themselves, despite a couple of bad holes here and there,” Bend coach Louis Bennett said. “We stuck around to watch the trophy ceremony because I wanted them to have a taste of what it felt like to stand up there. I think we can compete for state trophies in the near future. We’re right there. It’s building on what we’ve experienced the last couple of days going into next year.”
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