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Golfers still trying to find their rhythm in wet weather


April 18, 2017

JACKSON LYNN tees off during a match earlier this season.

It’s been a rough season for Sweet Home’s golfers, who have yet to identify a true fifth player as they move toward the district tournament.

“The weather’s been a big factor,” Coach Pat Davis said, noting that lightning and wind resulted in the cancellation of a tournament for the boys last week at Santiam Golf Club.

They did play April 12 at Tokatee in Cottage Grove, scoring 413 as a team.

Seth Wright shot a 94 to lead the Huskies, followed by Travis Thorpe (97), Jackson Lynn 110 and Davin Guzman, who shot 112.

“We’re still searching for our fifth golfer,” Davis said. “The top four are pretty much set.”

This week Davis expects all his top golfers, led by Jake Hindmarsh, to play together for the first time this season, at Newport’s Agate Beach on Wednesday, April 19.

“We’re leading up to district fast. It’s three weeks away, so we have to decide who that fifth guy is,” he said.

The boys played Monday, April 10, at Shadow Hills in Junction City and four freshmen got in 18 holes, along with Hindmarsh, a junior.

Thorpe, one of the rookies, led the team with a 92, “by far his personal best,” Davis said. Thorpe shot 116 the previous week at the OGA course in Woodburn.

“Shadow Hills is a tough course,” Davis said. The weather didn’t help either, he said, with gusting winds and rain.

Hindmarsh, who dislikes playing Shadow Hills, did not score well after shooting an 88 at Langdon Farms in Woodburn on April 5.

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Sweet Home’s girls are scheduled to play at Chinook Winds in Lincoln City on Thursday, April 20, after having last week’s March 12 match at Lebanon cancelled.

Their last match was at at Langdon Farms on April 3, but they are still not playing at the level they were at the end of last year, Davis said.

“Haley (May) and Alayna (Davis) are not playing well.”

May finished eighth with a 108 and Alayna was 12th with 130.

He said Nicole Grady is also struggling.

“The returnees are not happy where they are at,” he said.

On the bright side, freshmen Lexi Schilling and Brook Womach are progressing, along with Rebekah Fassler, who is still learning the game.

“Rebekah played a practice round with Coach Davis and she hit two of the best shots that you could possibly hit in a row,” Davis said. “She’s improving and she’s having fun.”


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