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Phoenix boys hold down second at state

Prep Boys Golf

REDMOND ' Phoenix High golf coach Kyle Walker didn't want to put too much pressure on his players during the opening round of the Class 3A state tournament at Eagle Crest Resort Monday.

Walker set a goal of 310 total strokes. The Pirates shot 311 and find themselves trailing only Marist (304) in the team standings.

Daniel Engle shot a 4-over-par 76 to lead the way for Phoenix, which has never won so much as a trophy (top four) at the tournament. Engle is in a six-way tie for fourth place after Day 1.

J.T. Compher and Michael Stanfield each fired 77s for the Pirates, while Luke Nickodemus came in with an 81.

Maybe I should have told them to shoot 300 and they would have shot 301, Walker said with a chuckle. But really, I didn't want to put undo pressure on them.

The kids know they can play better. They beat Marist twice in tournaments this year. I wouldn't count us out just yet.

— Defending individual champion Jesse Schutte of Siuslaw topped the leaderboard Monday with a 3-under-par 69. Wilsonville's Zack Johnson holds down second after carding an even-par 72, and Marist's Allen Kelley is third with a 74.

Engle would have been near the top of the leaderboard had he not suffered a triple bogey on the 17th hole.

He was frustrated by that one bad hole but fourth place isn't bad and he's got a chance to move up, Walker said.

Wilsonville trails Phoenix by just two shots in the team standings at 313. Sisters is in fourth place at 318.

Phoenix placed sixth at the tournament a year ago.

TEAM SCORES ' Marist 304, Phoenix 311, Wilsonville 313, Sisters 318, Siuslaw 335, Brookings-Harbor 337, Seaside 337, Taft 340, Gladstone 340, La Grande 342, Astoria 342, Ontario 343, Henley 343, Sutherlin 358, Stayton 367, Newport 381.

TOP 10 INdivIDUALS ' 1, Jesse Schutte, Siuslaw, 35-34'69; 2, Zack Johnson, Wilsonville, 35-37'72; 3, Allen Kelley, Marist, 38-36'74; 4, (tie) Daniel Engle, Phoenix, Robbie Pitts, Marist, Blaine Corkill, Henley, Brady Kameshige, Ontario, Scott Barton, Sisters and Scott Karlson, Wilsonville, 76; 10, (tie) J.T. Compher, Phoenix, 40-37'77; Michael Stanfield, Phoenix, 38-39'77; Marcus Kienlen, Scappoose, 40-37'77; Dylan Marcum, Tillamook, 41-36'77; Conner Rumpf 37-40'77; Jack Pennington, Marist, 38-39'77; Miles Johnston, Sisters, 39-38'77; Kyle Owen, Marist, 40-37'77.

LOCAL RESULTS

PHOENIX (310) '

Daniel Engle 38-38'76; J.T. Compher 40-37'77; Michael Stanfield 38-39'77; Luke Nickodemus 38-43'81.

HENLEY (343) ' Blaine Corkill 37-39'76; Russel Moates 42-41'83; Josh Golden 41-49'90; Chris Henry 43-51'94.

CLASS 4A BOYS ' At Woodburn, Sheldon High of Eugene shot 2-over par as a team to grab a six-stroke advantage after the opening day of the Class 4A state tournament at the OGA Members Golf Course.

Four players shot in the 60s and six players broke par. Central Catholic's Jake Wagner scorched the course at 5-under par 67 to lead the way

Sheldon's Jack Dukeminier and Westview's Eddie Delashmutt each shot 68s.

As a team, Sheldon shot 290. Jesuit (296), Bend (300) and Westview (300) round out the top four.

As for the local teams, Grants Pass is 13th (322) and Ashland 17th (330). The low man for Grants Pass was Calen Nicholson with a 76, while Ashland's Ben Wright and Will Murphy each fired 79s.

TEAM SCORES ' Sheldon 290, Jesuit 296, Bend 300, Westview 300, Canby 305, Lake Oswego 307, Crescent Valley 308, West Albany 309, Central Catholic 310, Tualatin 310, Marshfield 311, Hermiston 318, Grants Pass 322, Lakeridge 324, Lincoln 327, Barlow 328, Ashland 330, Cleveland 341.

TOP 10 INdivIDUALS ' 1, Jake Wagner, Central Catholic, 67; 2, (tie) Eddie Delashmutt, Westview, and Jack Dukeminier, Sheldon, 68; 4, Robbie Ziegler, Canby, 69; 5, Sam Kloenne, Jesuit, 70; 6, Joel Salmond, Bend, 34-37'71; 7, (tie) Isaiah Telles, Tualatin, Jeff Petroff, Jesuit, Brandon Taylor, Crescent Valley, Kevin Gay, Lake Oswego, Jordan Sweet, Marshfield, and Trevor Moffit, Sheldon, 72.

LOCAL RESULTS

GRANTS PASS (322) '

Calen Nicholson 40-36'76; Andy Maphet 41-36'77; D.J. Ingledue 38-43'81; Jason Green 44-44'88.

ASHLAND (330) ' Ben Wright 44-35'79; Will Murphy 42-37'79; Austin Harfst 41-43'84; Galen Camp 45-43'88.

CLASS 2A/1A BOYS '

At Corvallis, Alex Street of St. Mary's High carded a 2-over-par 74 at Trysting Tree Golf Course to move into seventh place at the 2A/1A tournament.

Cascade Christian's Sean Hills shot a 76 and is tied for 10th.

Salem Academy's Nick Schroeder is the front-runner at 2-under 70.

Westside Christian of Lake Oswego leads the team race with 314 strokes.