Two Huskies play state golf tournament

Jake Riggs and Mike Fontenot finished the first round of the state 4A boys golf tournament Monday tied for 53rd and 85th respectively at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Eugene.

Riggs shot an 90, which, Coach Tom Horn said, was about a normal round for him.

“Jake is right in the middle of the individuals who qualified,” he said. “He did fine. He had three holes that really kind of blew his score up.”

Those were two sevens on the front nine and an eight on the back, which, Horn said, he expected Riggs to improve on in the second round Tuesday.

“If you take those holes out, he’ll shoot 85,” Horn predicted. “That’s kind of what I expect from him.”

Fontenot, a sophomore in his first trip to state, shot a 105 as he struggled with his drives on what Horn called “just a big, tough, long golf course for Mike.”

“Mike needs to make some changes in the way he hits the ball,” Horn said. “If he makes those changes, he’ll hit it further.”

He noted that just being at state was an accomplishment.

“Mike got there and a whole bunch of guys didn’t,” Horn said. “Hopefully he can learn something from this and get better.”

Austin Landis of Gladstone, one of the individual qualifiers, was the leader after Day 1, shooting a 1-over-par 73. Tom Graves of Newport was the top Val-Co leader after the first round, tied for fourth with a 6-over 78. The Cubs were 11th as a team out of 14 in the tournament, with the Val-Co’s other qualifier, Central, back at 13th.

Play resumed Tuesday but did not end before press time for The New Era.

Val-Co District Golf Championships

Sweet Home finished third, with a two-day team score of 760, nearly 20 shots behind Central (721) in the district tournament held May 10-11 at Trysting Tree in Corvallis.

Newport won the district championship, shooting 692 over two days.

Two Huskies, Jake Riggs and Mike Fontenot, qualified for the state championships Monday and Tuesday of this week at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Eugene.

Riggs shot 87-85-173 over the two days, good for sixth overall, while Fontenot finished with 89-89-178, finishing in a two-way tie for seventh with Riley Kelley of Newport. Sweet Home’s other scorers were Jason Rice (100-103-203) and Cody Daniels (112-106-218). Blake Martin, who did not play the first day, shot a 94 on Day 2 for the Huskies.

Tom Graves and Brandon Cook of Newport shared the individual district championship, both shooting 161 after Cook closed on Day Two with five birdies and a 5-over-par 77 after shooting 84 on Monday.

Val-Co District Tournament

Top 10 plus Sweet Home finishers

Team Scores: (1) Newport 692; (2) Central 721; (3) Sweet Home 760; (4) Taft 774.

(1-tie) Tom Graves (N) 81-80-161, Brandon Cook (N) 84-77-161; (3) Brandon Sackett 85-86-171; (4-tie) Daniel Reynero 86-86-172, Justin Boggess 86-86-172; (6) Jake Riggs (SH) 87-86-173; (7-tie) Mike Fontenot (SH) 89-89-178; Riley Kelley 92-86-178; (9) Daniel Card 99-93-192; (10) Tyler Broderick 107-93-200; (11) Jason Rice (SH) 100-103-203; (12) Cody Daniels 112-106-218.