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In what should come as no surprise, Dylan Wu of St. Mary's and Kevin Murphy of Rogue River set the stage for quite a finish in the District 6 boys golf championships with their stellar play Monday at Rogue Valley Country Club.
In the first of two rounds at the district tournament, Wu carded a 1-over-par 73 and Murphy was two shots back at 75. Both have been elite players on the junior circuit for quite some time and will get a run for their money in today's final round at RVCC thanks to a crowded leaderboard that has three golfers within four shots of Wu.
Fellow Crusaders Will Street (76) and Tom Thorndike (77) are also nipping on Wu's heels for individual medalist honors. Buoyed by such solid opening-round scores, St. Mary's is well in control for the team title with a combined total of 309 — 31 strokes ahead of runner-up Rogue River.
Despite a double-bogey on the par-5 eighth hole, Wu held steady on Monday and immediately responded with a birdie — one of three in his round — to gain his early advantage.
ST. MARY'S (309) — Dylan Wu 37-36—73, Will Street 40-36—76, Tom Thorndike 36-41—77, Brandon Chun 39-44—83.
ROGUE RIVER (340) — Kevin Murphy 37-38—75, David Murphy 37-43—80, Shawn Donahue 44-48—92, Devin Milligan 50-43—93.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN (361) — Jake Quast 41-42—83, Micah Radcliff 40-47—87, Stephan Joffer 44-48—92, Shane O'Hara 54-45—99.
GOLD BEACH (439) — Cody Hawkins 42-45—87, Brennan Eilek 60-53—113, Brandon Adams 57-57—114, Jaxsun Gysbers 61-64—125.
ILLINOIS VALLEY (468) — Tyler Nolan 48-53—101, Ethan Savadra 56-58—114, Nathan Munro 58-62—120, Manny Pinmental 67-66—133.
HOSANNA CHRISTIAN (Inc) — Kyler Kensler 45-44—89, Taylor Cole 62-62—124, Austin Trumbly 61-76—137.
TRIAD (Inc) — Carson Dentinger 62-62—124, Seth Minix 67-61—128.
SKYLINE DISTRICT — At Klamath Falls, North Valley senior Ryan Melnychuk shot a blistering 69 to take the individual lead during first-day play at the Skyline Conference district tournament at Shield Crest Golf Course.
Hidden Valley's Austin Johnson finished eight shots back of Melnychuk with a 77, with Phoenix's Travis Campoy standing in a tie for third with an 81.
The Knights lead the team race by 15 strokes over Klamath Union.
Play resumes today to decide which teams and individuals advance to the Class 4A state tournament.
NORTH VALLEY (328) — Ryan Melnychuk 69, Dylan Vandehey 81, Sam Kille 86, Taylor Cole 92.
KLAMATH UNION (343) — Kyle Wolfram 83, David Reed 84, Clayton Korson 87, Phil Morse 89.
HIDDEN VALLEY (356) — Austin Johnson 77, Tanner Hanks 89, JJ Flynn 92, Carson Ries 98.
PHOENIX (377) — Travis Campoy 81, Ethan Gedde 93, Alex Hernandez 100, Austin Jeandin 103.
HENLEY (395) — Robert Ferguson 89, Jeff Beard 97, Chris Armstrong 100, Nick Thomsen 109.