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BANKS — Defending state champion St. Mary's won't have as much work to do to repeat in the Class 3A/2A/1A boys golf state championships.
Last year the Crusaders trailed by two strokes after the opening day. But on Monday, Dylan Wu shot an even-par 72 to tie for first and St. Mary's charged out to a comfortable lead on a windy day at Quail Valley Golf Course.
The Crusaders placed three players in the top 12 and posted a team total of 320 — 17 strokes ahead of second-place Catlin Gabel heading into today's final round.
"Having the lead is nice to have," said assistant coach Gene Allred, "but in golf that can evaporate as a team. We still have some work in front of us. We want to go out tomorrow and win the day."
St. Mary's head coach Ryan Allred, Gene's son, wasn't present because his wife is expecting their third child.
Wu, who placed fifth as a freshman last year, carded a 1-over-par 37 on the first nine and went 1 under on the back side. He had four birdies and four bogeys in the round. Wu is tied with junior Montana Frame of Reedsport.
"Dylan didn't have his best stuff," said the elder Allred. "He's a fighter and still came in with a respectable score. He said he drove it straight but his wedge play wasn't his best. His goal is definitely to win state. He's taking it very seriously."
Will Street posted the Crusaders' second best score and is tied for seventh overall. The St. Mary's junior shot even par on the front but went 8 over after the turn for an 80.
"(Street) was playing really well but he had trouble on the greens on the back side," said Allred.
Rogue River junior Kevin Murphy is in third place with a 75 and the Chieftains stand in fifth place (375) as a team. Murphy tied for second in 2011.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — St. Mary's 320, Catlin Gabel 337, Reedsport 338, Westside Christian 339, Rogue River 345.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — T1, Dylan Wu, St. Mary's, 72, and Montana Frame, Reedsport, 72; 3, Kevin Murphy, Rogue River, 75; 4, Greg Ong, Valley Catholic, 76; 5, Ben Lindsay, Bandon, 77.
St. MARY'S (320) — T1, Dylan Wu, 72; T7, Will Street, 80; T12, Tom Thorndike, 82; T24, Brandon Chun, 86, and Mark Lynn, 86.
ROGUE RIVER (375) — 3, Kevin Murphy 75; 11, David Murphy 81; T40, Devin Mulligan 91; T56, Shawn Donahue 98.
CLASS 6A — At Creswell, North Medford sophomore Daniel Schuler had an up-and-down round to open play at Emerald Valley Golf Club, posting three birdies to offset seven bogeys and one double bogey for a 7-over-par 79 and share of 19th place.
South Eugene's Sulman Raza finished at 2 under 70 to take the individual lead into today's final round, one shot better than West Linn's Zach Foushee (71).
Lake Oswego leads the team race by eight strokes over Sprague.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — Lake Oswego 307, Sprague 315, South Eugene 316, West Linn 320, Southridge 320.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Sulman Raza, South Eugene, 70; 2, Zach Foushee, West Linn, 71; T3, Justin Lee, Southridge, 72, and Cole Madey, Lake Oswego, 72; T5, Trey Pflug, Sunset, 74, and Mitchell Stewart, Thurston, 74.
Other Local Individuals
T19, Daniel Schuler, North Medford, 79; T45, Drew Groshong, Roseburg, 84.
CLASS 5A — At Creswell, Ashland sophomore Matt Hedges carded a 4-over-par 76 to pull into fifth place in the individual race at Emerald Valley Golf Club.
Chase Lamothe of Corvallis shot an even-par 72 to take the lead into today's final round. He's two shots ahead of Marist's Nate Krause and West Albany's Conner Kumpula, who each shot 74.
Marist carded a team-best total of 317 to pull five strokes ahead of Corvallis (322) and Summit (322).
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — Marist 317, Corvallis 322, Summit 322, West Albany 326, Sherwood 344.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Chase Lamothe, Corvallis, 72; T2, Nate Krause, Marist, 74, and Conner Kumpula, West Albany, 74; 4, Brent Pollock, Marist, 75; 5, Matt Hedges, Ashland, 76.
CLASS 4A — At Banks, North Valley senior Ryan Melnychuk sent quite an opening-round message to his peers, firing a 5-under-par 67 to take a six-shot lead in the individual race into today's final round at Quail Valley Golf Course.
With North Valley teammates Dylan Vandehey (81) and Sam Kille (84) also faring well, the Knights finished in a tie with LaGrande in the team race with combined scores of 325. Fourteen shots back stands La Salle Prep, while Klamath Union is 11th out of 14 teams (373).
Phoenix senior Travis Campoy carded an 11-over-par 83 to finish in a tie for 18th after Day 1, with Hidden Valley's Austin Johnson (tied 29th, 88) and Tanner Hanks (tied 33rd, 89) also in the top half of the individuals.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — North Valley 325, La Grande 325, La Salle 339, North Bend 341, Sisters 344.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Ryan Melnychuk, North Valley, 67; 2, TJ Barber, Estacada, 73; 3, Zach Cummings, Sisters, 77; 4, James Kirkpatrick, North Bend, 78; T5, Brandon Ellwanger, Baker, 79, Mavric Goss, La Grande, 79, Dan Seymour, La Grande, 79, and Levi Smucker, Junction City, 79.
Other Local Individuals
T18, Travis Campoy, Phoenix, 83; T29, Austin Johnson, Hidden Valley, 88; T33, Tanner Hanks, Hidden Valley, 89.
NORTH VALLEY (325) — 1, Ryan Melnychuk 67; T12, Dylan Vandehey 81; T21, Sam Kille 84; T48, Taylor Cole 93, and Cole Decourcey 93.
KLAMATH UNION (373) — T38, Clayton Korson 90; T42, Kyle Wolfram 91; T57, David Reed 95; T63, Phil Morse 97.