Huskies struggle on back nine at state

Sweet Home’s boys started off “really, really well” on the front nine of the state golf tournament Monday at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Coach Tom Horn said.

Then things fell apart for the Huskies, who went from a 167 team score on the front nine to 363 for the first day’s round.

“We had an excellent front nine,” Horn said. “We played as good as we’ve played all year.”

Sweet Home wound up 12th in the 14-team field, ahead of Newport, which was 13th with a 375. Marist and Phoenix were tied for first at 315.

Taylor Huschka was in a four-way tie for sixth overall with a seven-over-par 79.

Nick Zahler shot a 91 for the first round, good for a tie for 56th, while Travis Ramoz was tied for 56th with a 94 after his stroke deserted him on the back nine and sent him to the practice range for some adjustments, Horn said.

Jake Riggs was in a tie for 80th (99) and Markus Thedford was 90th (120).

“We’re looking to move up a couple of spots,” Horn said Monday night. “In golf you never know.

“We’re definitely having a good time.”

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