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Golf Notebook: Central Catholic boys win state berth in OT

Rams have the upper hand over Clackamas in overtime during the Mt. Hood District Tournament; Lake Oswego boys among the reigning championship qualifiers

After winning the district title, Central Catholic's boys look to improve on last year's 13th-place finish in the 6A tournament.

After winning the district title, Central Catholic’s boys look to improve on last year’s 13th-place finish in the 6A tournament.

Central Catholic had to work overtime at the Mt. Hood Conference district tournament to earn a spot in the 6A boys golf championships.

The Rams entered the district on May 2 at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City with a four-point lead Clackamas in the standings and won four of six conference tournaments.

But the Cavaliers defeated Central Catholic 308-319 for first place, and because the district tournament featured double points, the teams were tied at the top of the standings with 70 points each. That led to an overtime session to determine the conference’s only automatic berth for the 6A tournament.

The teams began overtime by going head-to-head on No. 17, a 408-yard par-4, one of the most difficult holes on the course. Central Catholic secured the victory by winning all three flights at No. 17 behind senior Henry Sandersjuniors Dylan Crowell And Lucas DePalmafreshmen Blake Kappes and sophomores Liam McGinty.

“They were ecstatic,” Rams coach said John Guthrie said about his players. “Clackamas was hot. We had a lead on the front nine and were staggering a bit on the back. The guys said, ‘Okay, we knew this was a possibility.’

The Central Catholic rose under the pressure and stopped the Clackamas surge in what was believed to be the first overtime win to settle the district championship in Mount Hood history.

“We just rallied,” Guthrie said. “I contacted every golfer and said, ‘What do we need to do to get our minds right? After regulation, you go to the range, you putt, whatever. It’s a reset. Do they want a rematch? It’s here and now. ”

By repeating as district champions, Central Catholic avoided a treacherous regional qualifier Monday between teams from Mt. Hood and Three Rivers League at the OGA Golf Course in Woodburn. West Linn (310) and Tiger (316) – Three Rivers teams – earned the two state qualifying spots, defeating third-place Clackamas (322).

“That’s kind of a death knell for Mount Hood,” Guthrie said of the region. “Those schools are tough. We’re not afraid to play anyone at any time, but if we can avoid that moment, let’s definitely avoid it.”

Guthrie praised his team for rising in the moment. Last week, Central Catholic defeated Clackamas in a Mount Hood tournament on the final hole. The Rams also showed their mettle on April 23 by winning the Seaside Invitational at Astoria Golf & Country Club by two strokes. Sherwood.

“We’ve been in tough circumstances all year,” Guthrie said. “Beating Sherwood was a big challenge for us. It’s a top five team. I think this was our first invitational win in school history.

Reynolds junior Mason Ho won the Mt. Hood district tournament at Stone Creek and fired a 2-under 70 to beat Clackamas junior Lucas Clarizio (73), Clackama’s sophomore David Lim (75), Sanders (76) and Crowell (77). Central Catholic’s other scorers were DePalma (82) and Kappes (84).

Central Catholic, which won its only state title in 1958, is looking to improve on its 13th-place finish at last year’s state title. The Rams’ lineup gets a boost with the addition of junior Michael Baldwin, who has returned from injury. Baldwin shot a 74 on Monday against Washougal (Wash.) in Orchard Hills.

“If we’re good, we can compete with the best of anyone,” Guthrie said. “I have the feeling that a place in the top five is possible.”

Guthrie, a first-year coach, wants to build Central Catholic into a golf power that challenges Jesuit.

“I’m telling you, we’re going to come after that title,” Guthrie said. “We try to put that emphasis on golf. The same way we talk about football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, we want to talk about Central Catholic golf.

Boys State Champions Qualify

Reigning 6A boys champion Lake Oswego punched his ticket to state by winning the Three Rivers district tournament April 30 at Stone Creek.

The Lakers were led by sophomores Drew Woolworthwho shot 141 and finished in second place Lakeridge senior Nilay Naik (137). Also for Lake Oswego, senior Adam Wrenn placed sixth at 154 and seniors Adam Blackmore And Braden Larsen shared seventh at 155.

Last year’s three other boys state champion teams also qualified for state. Meeting won the 5A Intermountain Conference tournament, Baker won the 4A Special District 4 tournament and Episcopal Oregon claimed the third and final qualifying spot in the 3A/2A/1A Special District 1 tournament.

Jesuit girls back to the state

Jesuit, last year’s 6A girls champion, had to go to a regional this year to qualify for state.

Sunset grabbed the Metro League’s automatic state berth, forcing the Crusaders into the regional Special District 1 at Stone Creek on Monday. Led by junior Ceceli Hayes (fourth-78), they earned one of the three qualifying spots by defeating 342 Mountainside (357) and Cleveland (374).

Sophomore Cleveland Kate Lylast year’s 6A runner-up, shot a 2-under 70 and won the SD1 tournament by one stroke West view freshmen Melinee Udom.

Top and Crook Countylast year’s champions in 5A and 4A/3A/2A/1A respectively will also have the opportunity to defend their titles. Summit qualified by winning the Intermountain district tournament and Crook County made it by finishing first in the Special District 1 tournament.