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.
SWC DISTRICT — At Roseburg, South Medford's Christina Phelps and Morgan Mahaffie of Grants Pass carded the lowest scores among the local players during first-round play at the Southwest Conference district tournament at Roseburg Country Club.
Phelps and Mahaffie each carded an 88, 11 shots off the pace of individual leader Haleigh Krause of Sheldon. The Irish also hold the team lead at 344, three strokes ahead of Roseburg.
The final round resumes today in Roseburg.
SHELDON (344) — Haleigh Krause 38-39—77, Abby Brennan 45-41—86, Alexi Bevans 40-47—87, Sammy Rouleu 42-52—94, Stephanie McCumsey 51-43—94.
ROSEBURG (347) — Clare Dittemore 40-41—81, Kiana Cash 42-41—83, Ashlynn Persing 47-42—89, Kayla Epperly 49-45—94.
GRANTS PASS (380) — Morgan Mahaffie 43-45—88, Cori DeForest 47-44—91, Shelby DeRocher 41-56—97, Alyssa Heisser 46-58—104.
SOUTH EUGENE (381) — Natalie Pellitier 45-48—93, Lindsey Wong 51-43—94, Natalie Gattis 50-47—97, McKenna Henderson 51-46—97.
SOUTH MEDFORD (430) — Christina Phelps 45-43—88, Tessa Spivey 51-54—105, Hannah Fretz 51-55—106, Courtney Littrell 67-64—131.
CRATER (432) — Mackenzie Guthrie 44-48—92, Fallon Wallace 53-44—97, Breanna Souza 58-49—107, McKayla Meunier 71-65—136.
NORTH MEDFORD (433) — Monica Godfrey 51-46—97, Caiti Barrie 52-55—107, Madi Richards 55-55—110, Taylor Norris 56-55—111.
DISTRICT 6 TOURNEY — Cascade Christian's Monique Kaldunski fired an 89 to sport the top local score after first-day action at the District 6 district tournament but she's well off the pace set by Henley sisters Kaitlin and Kylie Collom, who each carded a 75 at Centennial Golf Club.
North Valley leads St. Mary's in the team competition by 12 strokes heading into today's final round, with Jordan Rothfus pacing the Crusaders with a 99.
NORTH VALLEY (497) — Tristan Vandehey 57-54—111, Kassidy Sharp 61-61—122, Baily Duncan 72-53—125, Amanda Uhler 69-70—139.
ST. MARY'S (509) — Jordan Rothfus 51-48—99, Isabelle Suarez 64-57—121, Madi Irving 70-71—141, Marianne Powell 79-69—148.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN (Inc) — Monique Kaldunski 47-42—89, Briyonna Felan 59-57—116, Katelyn Zimmerer 67-69—136.
PHOENIX (Inc) — Allyson Armstrong 67-60—127, Shayla Peterson 70-69—139, Alex Hull 75-76—151.
HENLEY (Inc) — Kaitlin Collom 37-38—75, Kylie Collom 37-38—75.
MAZAMA (Inc) — Hannah Reynolds 42-43—85.
LAKEVIEW (Inc) — Ashley Reed 58-55—113.
MIDWESTERN DISTRICT — At Eugene, Ashland's top-seeded singles player Grant Kahn trounced Willamette's Matthew Breen, 6-0, 6-0 to lead four Grizzlies into Friday's semifinals.
Also in singles, Ashland's No. 4 seed Michael Montes upended Willamette's Austin Stricker, 6-0, 6-2.
In doubles, top-seeded duo Carl Gorbett and Jack Thomas routed Colin Marshall and Coulter Dawson of North Eugene, 6-3, 6-2.
Each player who advances to the semifinal round also automatically qualifies for the Class 5A state championships.
MIDWESTERN DISTRICT — At Ashland, Ashland locked up three berths in the Class 5A state championships during play at the Midwestern League district tournament at Hunter Park.
The Grizzlies advanced two singles players and a doubles squad to Friday's semifinals, which will be played at Eugene Swim & Tennis Club. Those who won their quarterfinal matches clinched state berths.
State competition will take place at Portland Tennis Center and Tualatin Hills Tennis Center May 17-19.
The top-seeded doubles pairing of sophomore Hanna Greenberg and freshman Vika O'Brien beat Willamette's Ginny Wobbe and Teresa Kozak, 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. They'll face Marist's Lauren Sibole and Haley Marsh in the semifinals.
In singles play, second-seeded River Davis — who advanced to last year's 5A state semifinals as Greenberg's doubles partner — cruised to the semifinals with a 6-0, 6-0 victory against North Eugene's Megan Temple in the quarterfinals. Davis will play Churchill's Nicole Adkisson in the semifinals.
Unseeded freshman Ashley Knecht pieced together three straight wins to punch her ticket to state. She beat Marist's Madeline Balderston, 7-5, 6-0 in the quarterfinals to set up a semifinal date with Churchill's Marilyn Walker.
Ashland partners Katy Barnard and Halie Haynes and Jennifer Fine and Elana Cooper picked up a pair of wins, as did singles players Anne Kim and Nikole Maldonado Leon.
BUTTE FALLS 6, PROSPECT 4 — At Prospect, an error-filled game overshadowed a superb pitching matchup of Butte Falls' Mariah Moore and Prospect's Alee Pinkerton.
Moore allowed four runs — only one was earned — on five hits and two walks to keep the Loggers (6-5, 5-2 District 4) in the hunt for first place. Moore also struck out 12.
Both teams gave up just one earned run, while the rest were the result of errors.
Joli Hobbs' third-inning RBI triple tied the score at 1-all for Butte Falls, which took control in the next inning. Hobbs was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Kylee Meletic went 2-for-3 and scored a run for the Cougars (8-5, 4-5).
Butte Falls 001 111 2 — 6 9 4
Prospect 100 011 1 — 4 5 2
Moore and Hobbs; Pinkerton and Coble. W — Moore (6-4). L — Pinkerton (8-5). 2B — BF: Hobbs, Givens. 3B — BF: Hobbs.