GEARHART The Seaside boys golf team finished second in the Seaside Invitational Monday at Gearhart Golf Links.
Seaside freshman Aaron Richardson, playing in the final foursome, vaulted the Gulls from fourth place into second place in the nine-team tournament.
Scappoose won the event with a team score of 350, with the Gulls just five strokes back at 355. Banks finished third (358), followed by The Dalles (360) and Astoria (372).
Riley Philippi of Banks was medalist with a 78.
Richardson led the Gulls with an 87 and finished in a tie for sixth place overall. Teammate Shane Fitter shot an 88 to finish in a tie for ninth place. Andrew Gooch was another stroke back with 89 (11th). Trenten Meyer shot 91 to finish in a tie for 16th, and Garrett Flowers shot 94 (tied for 22nd).
We had a good tournament today, said Seaside coach Jim Poetsch. Aaron came through for us as the No. 5 guy. He moved us from fourth place to second with his score.
We are getting better each week, and were neck-and-neck with Scappoose most of the day, he said. We still showed our youth on the last couple holes, as we didnt finish well. We were actually ahead of them through 16 holes, then our five guys gave up 18 strokes to par on the last two holes.
Astorias Austin Flukinger and Joey Voeller tied with a 91 for the top score for the Fishermen, with David Harrison one stroke back at 92.
Spencer Nelson shot a 98 and Will Brooks finished at 100.
Astoria and Seaside will both take part in the District 1/4A tournament next Monday and Tuesday at Alderbrook Golf Course and Gearhart Golf Links.