The top three 4A teams from the 2019 state tournament, along with the defending 3A state champions, gathered for a four-way event at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis Tuesday.
The battle of state champions was won by defending 3A champion Oregon Episcopal, which shot 303 to top the 311 posted by defending 4A champion Marist. Valley Catholic, which finished third in the 2019 state championship, shot 339, while the state runner-up team from Seaside finished with a 417.
On the individual side, which featured four returning all-state players, defending 4A champion Nick Watts, of Marist, shot 69 to win the event. Watts returned late the night before after playing in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Gold Mountain Golf Club, where Watts finished one stroke away from earning a spot in the regional qualifier and a shot at playing in the U.S. Open.
Following Watts were three players from Oregon Episcopal: Nic Nuliyal (72), Ethan Tseng (74) and Benjamin Tieu (77).
Seaside’s Curtis Kunde rounded out the top five with a 78.
Also competing for the Seagulls were Conner Langmo (105), Riley Wunderlich (114), Owen Higdon (115), Everest Sibony (119) and Carter Perrigo (123).
“This was a great event to get Curtis playing with some of the best players in the state,” said Seaside coach Jim Poetsch. “The other guys were not quite ready for prime time, but it gave them a good idea of where we need to be by next year if we expect to compete.”