Boy golfers third at Marist; Gagner first for girls

The boys golf team started its 2006 campaign with a third-place finish in the Marist Invitational Best Ball tournament held at Tokatee Golf Course.

Phoenix shot 305 to edge Marist (306) for the tournament title, with Sweet Home coming in at 351, Junction City 358, North Bend 361, Marist #2 379, and South Umpqua 384.

“This was top-flight competition for our first match,” said coach Tom Horn. “Both Marist and Phoenix will be among the favorites for the state title.”

The Huskies were led by Sam Waller’s 81, followed by Sean McGwyre (83), Chelsea Gagner and Ryan Elliott (93), Taylor Huschka (94) and Travis Ramoz (96).

“We played well for the first time out,” said Horn, adding that he’s encouraged by what he’s seen from the team.

“From these scores, we’ll definitely be in the hunt for one of the two spots in the state tournament from the Capitol Conference.”

The boys will be back in action Tuesday, April 4, at Arrowhead Country Club, and then at home Wednesday, April 5, at Mallard Creek.

Girls Golf

The girls golf team finished first in a Capital Conference match March 22 at Illahee Hills Country Club in Salem.

The Huskies were led by Chelsea Gagner, who fired a 43 taking medalist honors for the nine-hole event, and Elyse Ellingboe who placed fourth with a 56. Other Huskies’ scores included Megan Moser’s 65, Sarah Tyler, with a 68, Georgia Tyler 77, and Ella Butler 87.

As a team, Sweet Home had a score of 232, followed by Molalla at 256, Blanchet 269, Kennedy 283, Stayton 296, and Cascade 302.

After spring break the Huskies will be back in action with 18-hole matches at Santiam Golf Club on Tuesday, April 4, and at Arrowhead on Thursday, April 6.

JV Boys

The junior varsity boys opened their season March 29 with a nine-hole tournament at Arrowhead.

The Huskies placed fifth with a team score of 205, behind Wilsonville (180), Molalla #2 (197), Molalla #1 (198), and Stayton (202). They beat Gladstone (231) and Cascade (238).

Travis Ramoz led the Huskies with a 47, followed by Anthony Powers (50), Ricky Burnside (51), Taylor Huschka (57), Markas Thedford (58), Nic Zahler (57) and Jerod Severns (69).

“This was pretty good for the first match,” said Horn. “The JVs will be competitive in the Capitol Conference. They will get lower scores as the season goes on.”