REDMOND — After one round of play in the Class 4A boys golf state championship, the top four teams are separated by just 14 strokes.
And Seaside is in that foursome, as the Gulls stand in fourth place, three strokes behind third place Klamath Union, and 14 strokes off the pace set by team leader Valley Catholic.
Final round action takes place Tuesday.
The Cowapa League champion Valiants shot a 317 on Day 1 at the Eagle Crest Ridge Course in Redmond, to lead a field of 11 teams.
Scappoose is second with a 325, while Seaside carded a 331 in Monday’s round.
“I knew this was going to be a close tournament,” said Seaside coach Jim Poetsch. “And it is. It’s close in front of us and it’s close behind us.”
Craig Ronne of Klamath Union is atop the player leaderboard with a four-under-par 68.
“He’s the real deal,” Poetsch said of Ronne. “He will be at (the University of) Oregon next year, and he will be on the tour some day.”
Tillamook’s Carter Lee is four strokes back in second with a 72, while Jackson Kunde had Seaside’s top score (79).
Kunde birdied the fourth hole and finished the first nine holes with an even-par 36 (the Gulls played the back nine first). He carded a 43 on the second nine, and is currently tied for eighth individually, with Solomon Reeves of Valley Catholic.
Samson Sibony had the second-best score for the Gulls, firing an 81, which included a 39 on the front nine.
Connor Merrell shot 41-44 for an 85, and Curtis Kunde had Seaside’s only other birdie (on the seventh hole) to finish the round with an 86.
Mason Shamion rounded out the Seaside scoring with a 99.
“There’s three Cowapa League teams up there in the top four,” Poetsch said. “Valley Catholic is 10 strokes better than everybody, but if they falter, one of us will be there to take over. I like where we are.”