Wherever Jason Allred went, it seems Mike Barry is destined to followed.

Wherever Jason Allred went, it seems Mike Barry is destined to followed.

The two have the lowest scores on record at Rogue Valley Country Club, and their bond was strengthened last Saturday when Barry shot a 62 from the black tees in a pickup game with three other players.

The noncompetitive round from the longest set of tee markers — they measure 6,666 yards — equaled the record set by Allred, who shot 62 from the blacks on Nov. 13, 2002. Allred is the Ashland native currently on the PGA Tour.

It wasn't the first time Barry dipped that low at RVCC, however.

The former North Medford state champion and current Oregon State University player set the competitive black-tee mark with a 62 last August in the club championship.

It's becoming old hat for him.

"On days like that, you're pretty much doing everything right," said Barry. "I missed one putt that I really should have made, and I was pretty close on a couple others. Like the previous 62, it could have been a little lower. It's not like I made every possible putt. I had opportunities to take it a little lower, but still it's fun to go that low. It was a fun day."

Barry had an eagle, nine birdies, seven pars and a bogey on the outside course for his 10-under-par score.

He shot 30 on the front nine, 32 on the back and needed but 27 putts.

"He hit some awfully good shots, that's for sure," said Justin Wise, who teamed up with Barry in a friendly game against David Boals and Bret Breeze.

Needless to say, 20-somethings Barry and Wise emerged victorious.

"He's pretty solid," said Wise, who was Barry's caddie when he shot 62 in the men's club event. "He always hits it good. He got a new putter about a month ago, and it's starting to perform like it should."

The bogey came at the par-3 fourth hole, where Barry shoved his tee shot into a greenside bunker.

"That was probably my worst shot of the day," he said, noting there's a creek on the other side of the sand trap. "I actually thought I cleared the bunker and hit it into the water."

He nearly holed the sand shot, running it 10 feet past the hole, then lipped out the par putt.

Trouble there might actually have sparked his round, for Barry birdied the next three holes and four of the next five.

The eagle came on the par-5 first hole, when Barry hit "three perfect golf shots," said Wise.

Barry is on the OSU golf roster, but because he transferred this past spring from the University of San Diego, he's not eligible to compete for the Beavers until the fall of 2009.

He still has tournament action lined up, including a Spokane, Wash., event in mid-July, U.S. Amateur qualifying July 31 at Eagle Point Golf Club, the RVCC championships and the Southern Oregon, of which Barry is the defending champ.


TROY BROWN TOOK up golf long ago, then dropped it — for 35 years.

He's been back playing again for a year and did very well last weekend in a three-club tournament at Oak Knoll Golf Course in Ashland.

His experiences have taught him a thing or two.

"I have friends who play, and I thought I'd join them in their games," said the 63-year-old of his return to the game. "But first I had to start again. I played about 35 years ago, then I retired. It wasn't going too well. It wasn't working for me. I did find, however, that if you quit golf for 35 years, it cures all your ills. Your slice, your hook, your divots, absolutely everything."

His return would have to be considered triumphant, as he won the net division of the three-club challenge. Brown's score of 106, coupled with a 34 handicap, gave him a net 72 and a two-stroke win.

He learned from that round, too.

"I shot the same as I normally do with 14 clubs," said Brown. "I must have 11 too many in my bag."

He used a 19-degree hybrid for every shot outside 120 yards or so, then had a 9-iron for approaches and a chipping iron for around the green and to putt with.

If he had it to do over, he'd swap his 9 for a pitching wedge and drop his chipping iron in favor of his putter.

Changing his putter and style for just one round has had an adverse effect on the greens.

"I've played two other games, and my putting is absolutely atrocious," said Brown. "Most of the people we played with were wishing they'd brought their putter, too."

Rick Stinchcomb won the gross division with a 76.


THE WU BOYS OF Medford made quite a showing in the Peter Jacobsen Junior Challenge at Forest Hills Golf Club in Cornelius Wednesday — all in the Pee Wee Division for players 8 to 11 years old.

Playing two nine-hole rounds, Dylan Wu placed second for the second straight year, shooting a 6-over-par 78 to lose out on the title by one stroke. Brothers Jeremy (89) and Joshua (95) placed seventh and 12th.

There was another Medford sibling showing in older divisions. Alex Street shot a second-day 68 for an even-par 144, good for a tie for 12th in Junior Boys (16-17). His sister, Aubrie, was 15th in the Girls (15-17) with a 175 total.