Seaside sophomore Devan Flukinger finished strong at the state tournament on Tuesday, firing an even par 36 on the second nine at Stone Creek Golf Course. Flukinger teed off on the back nine on Tuesday, starting his round with a bogie. He got that stroke right back with a birdie on the par five 11th hole.
He double bogied the tough 12th hole and followed that with a bogie before getting par on the par three 14th, which caused him trouble on Monday. After three double-bogies in a row on the fifteenth through seventeenth holes, Flukinger settled down and played some quality golf. He bogied the eighteenth, then had three birdies, three pars and three bogies en route to his 36 on the front nine.
Marist junior Robbie Pitts won the individual title with a two day total of one under par 143. The top five players were all from Phoenix and Marist. Many of the top players will be back next year as seven of the ten all tournament team members are underclassmen. Devan Flukinger gained twenty spots on Tuesday and finished in a tie for 51st place among the ninety-one golfers.
The Phoenix Pirates took home the team title with a two-day total of 603. The Marist Spartans finished 2nd with a 613 and Brookings-Harbor finished third with a 651. The Cowapa League Champion Scappoose Indians finished tied for fourth place with the Henley Hornets at the 4A Boys Golf State Tournament. The
Indians posted a 338 on Monday at Stone Creek and followed up with a 329 the next day for a two-day total of 667.
"Devan came a long way today towards becoming a complete player," said golf coach Jim Poetsch.
"I think he learned to keep his emotions out of the game. On the first nine, which was the back nine of the course, he was getting a bit upset and it effected his scoring. On the second nine, he kept calm and was able to score well even though he did not hit the ball any better than he did on the back-side. He only hit one fairway on the front nine and got around at even par. He looked like a mature golfer when he took two strokes to get out of the sand on the 8th hole, but kept his focus and got a par out of the hole. I think the experience he gained the last two days will really help him in his next two years of high school golf.