WARRENTON - They're going to have to repair parts of the course at the Astoria Golf and Country Club today - Astoria's Digger Cokley scorched most of it Monday afternoon.
The senior Fisherman shot lights out in a dual league meet with Scappoose, as Cokley fired a career-best 67 to win medalist honors and help Astoria to a 327-334 team victory over the Indians.
Fighting off a headache he had all day, Cokley shot a one-under par 35 on the front nine and carded a four-under 32 on the back.
"I really wasn't looking for a number - I just wanted to stay focused and aggressive, and come in with the lowest score I could," said Cokley, who had seven birdies and two bogeys on the day.
"I've always wanted to shoot a 69, but I usually end up blowing it by playing too conservative," he said.
Cokley got stronger as the match progressed, as he narrowly missed a hole-in-one on the 15th hole, and hit good shots on the 16th and 17th holes as well. If not for a few missed putts, his might have been even lower.
As it was, Cokley settled for a three-stroke improvement over his previous career best.
The Fishermen needed it, too, since they will not have their No. 2 golfer for at least three weeks.
Senior Ben Wintermute broke a bone in his left hand last week, and will be sidelined right up until districts, when he hopes to return.
His Astoria teammates stepped up their scores Monday, as Ryan Gallagher shot an 81, followed by Johnny Wilson (86) and Greg Barnes (93). The Fishermen were down two strokes in the team scoring before Barnes came in as the No. 5 golfer.
Matt Stirling was the top scorer for Scappoose with a 74.
Astoria hosts Banks Thursday.
Gulls take secondMOLALLA - Wilsonville edged Seaside by just three strokes to win the seven-team Molalla Invitational, Monday at Arrowhead Golf Club.
With one group left on the course, the Gulls led Estacada by three strokes and Wilsonville by eight strokes, only to have Wilsonville's Evan Wallace come in with an 83 to help the Wildcats score a 324, to Seaside's 327. Estacada took third with a 330.
Craig Omeara of Estacada was the medalist with a two-over par 73, while Seaside's Joel Bletscher took third with a 77.
Other Gull scorers included Flynn Jiroudek (80), Mitch Winstanley (84), Hunter Solt (86) and Sean Hamer (90).