PRINEVILLE - Seasides boys golf team finished their regular season with a 7th place finish at the Crook County Invitational. The tournament included thirteen teams; of which all but three competed at last years state tournaments. There were two of the top three 4A teams, three of the top six 5A teams and perennial powerhouse Redmond of the 6A classification.
An impressive score by Declan Watts of Summit with a one over par 73 took individual honors. Summit also took the team title by posting a 308, defeating 2nd place Redmond by 17 strokes. Summits second team was the only other team to break 350 in the treacherous conditions, with winds gusting over 30 MPH. Bend, Pendleton and the host Crook County teams also finished ahead of the Gulls.
Seaside did manage to edge out last years 4A state champions from LaGrande as the Seagulls finished ahead of The Dalles-Wahtonka, LaGrande, Mountain View, Sisters, a second Crook County team and Lapine.
"This is a great tournament to prepare us for districts" said golf coach Jim Poetsch. "It is a great course that had tough conditions and you wont find many tournaments with a field as strong as this one. There were eight teams here that finished in the top ten last year at state, half of them from 5A and 6A. There are several coaches here that think their team has a shot at a state title this year. To have only six of them get past us, two of them from Summit, shows that we have become a pretty good team ourselves. The conditions were brutal today, so there werent many low scores to be had. Take away the Summit and Redmond scores and Charlie ends up in third instead of fourteenth. I think the wind died down for the afternoon groups, because their back scores were all quite a bit lower than the front. The morning groups didnt see that change in scores. But, even so, we competed well and now we have a couple of days to prepare for districts.
The varsity heads to Astoria then Quail Valley for the district tournament next Monday and Tuesday.