Engle, Pirates capture Phoenix Invitational
Battle-tested and seemingly peaking at the perfect time, Phoenix senior Dan Engle shot a season-best 2-under-par 70 to capture individual medalist honors for the fourth time this season, beating St. Mary's Alex Street by four strokes at the Phoenix Invitational at Centennial Golf Club on Wednesday.
With support from teammates Travis Campoy, Alex Johnson and Nick Galbreath, the Pirates edged Roseburg and South Medford by three shots for the team title in the 16-team field with a 320 total.
Roseburg was named runner-up with the fifth golfer's score breaking the tie. The Panthers' 323 score — which included a pair of rounds in the 70s — was their best of the season. St. Mary's and North Valley tied for fourth at 334.
"Everything seems to be coming together," said Engle, who had four birdies and two bogeys — both on par 3s — in his round. "I'm hitting the ball really well. All the birdie putts were inside 10 feet."
Playing in the same group with Engle and North Medford's Hamilton Baehr, Street stayed in the hunt until a pair of bogeys on his last nine (the group started on the 10th tee) cost him a chance to catch Engle. He finished with a 74, just ahead of South Medford's Brandon Bol (76), Roseburg's Brad Seehawer (76) and North Valley's Ryan Melnychuk (77). There were eight rounds in the 70s on a partly sunny day with shifting winds.
Baehr had the best round of the day for the seventh-place Black Tornado with an 80. Cascade Christian was ninth and Ashland tied for 10th despite playing three freshmen for the first time this season.
Ashland, Klamath Union and Mazama will join Crater and Eagle Point in the final Southern Sky Conference match of the season today at Harbour Links, with the Grizzlies holding a 20-stroke advantage over the Pelicans in the league aggregate scores. The team with the best aggregate earns an automatic bid to the Class 5A state tournament.
PHOENIX (320) — Dan Engle 35-35—70, Travis Campos 40-40—80, Alex Johnson 42-43—85, Nick Galbreath 44-41—85.
ROSEBURG (323) — Brad Seehawer 37-39—76, Levi Chappell 38-40—78, Zack Horn 42-42—84, Garrick Knowles 44-41—85.
SOUTH MEDFORD (323) — Brandon Bol 42-34—76, Malcolm McGeary 40-39—79, James Sherbourne 42-40—82, Matt Spivey 40-46—86.
NORTH VALLEY (334) — Ryan Melnychuk 40-37—77, Dylan Vandehey 42-39—81, Troy Church 43-42—85, Shawan Spain 45-46—91.
ST. MARY'S (334) — Alex Street 74, Matt Gervais 40-43—83, Mat Schulenburg 44-42—86, Tanner Harris 46-45—91.
HENLEY (339) — Kyle Dearing 40-39—79, Jacob Sorensen 41-40—81, Myron Clements 45-44—89, Tyler Dearing 47-43—90.
NORTH MEDFORD (347) — Hamilton Baehr 42-38—80, Hunter Dixon 44-42—86, Cody Stover 45-42—87, Steve Peterson 49-45—94.
TAFT (349) — Ian Hathaway 45-36—81, Jason Liddell 44-40—84, Nathan Joy 48-42—90, Justin Boggess 46-48—94.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN (354) — Mike McNall 41-41—82, Ben Purtzer 42-43—85, Jon March 49-46—85, Micah Ratcliff 44-48—92.
ASHLAND (359) — Matt Naylor 40-46—86, Matt Amrhein 42-43—85, Dylan Molner 50-43—93, Ian Smeenk 47-48—95, Brendon Barber 45-50—95.
ILLINOIS VALLEY (359) — Todd Heiller 40-40—80, Roger Hults 42-41—83, Fred Hults 43-46—89, Daniel Nordal 52-55—107.
KLAMATH UNION (363) — Seth Reynolds 41-39—80, Jackson Kintzinger 42-41—83, Everett Spence 51-47—98, Josh Rose 55-47—102.
LAKEVIEW (387) — Collin Sanders 44-43—87, Daniel McKenzie 48-51—99, A.J. Swartzlender 48-51—99, Colin McKenzie 47-55—102.
HIDDEN VALLEY (396) — Travis Warwick 49-47—96, Carmen Oliveri 49-48—97, Brandon Fields 54-47—101, Luke Carpenter 53-49—102.
MAZAMA (409) — Matt Shockley 43-50—93, Mark H-K 47-47—94, Alex Hasko 52-52—104, Brandon Dean 57-61—118.
BROOKINGS (INC) — Cooper Howard 41-40—81, Wolfgang Jacquez 41-43—84, Jed Warren 46-40—86.
HENLEY 13-20, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2-8 — At Klamath Falls, Kyle Hankins was a combined 4-for-10 with six RBIs as Henley swept Illinois Valley in a Skyline Conference doubleheader.
Hankins was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run home run in the second inning of Game 1. Stephen Bigby, Brandon Montgomery and Jake Herr added two hits apiece for Henley (12-10, 6-4 Skyline). Bigby had three RBIs and Montgomery had two RBIs with a solo home run in the fourth.
Six players had multiple hits in Game 2 for Henley, led by Zane Ferlund's 4-for-5, three-RBI effort. David Rosser and Ethan Pace each had three hits while Herr, Hankins and Shawn Baggot-Salmon had two hits apiece. Hankins also hit his second home run of the doubleheader.
Andrew McLaughlin was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, Jack Anderson was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Chris Carlton was 2-for-4 for Illinois Valley (4-12, 0-9), which also received a solo home run from Tobin Mikels in the fifth.
Henley 050 26 — 13 10 0
Illinois Valley 002 00 — 2 3 3
Cullen, Riley (5) and Hankins; Carlton, McLaughlin (5), Becker (5), Fill (5) and Paulson. W — Cullen. L — Carlton. 2B — IV: Paulson. HR — H: Hankins (2), Montgomery (1); IV: Glasgow.
Henley 703 402 4 — 20 20 0
Illinois Valley 070 010 0 — 8 11 4
Riley, Bigby (2), Hankins (6) and Hankins, Cullen (6); Anderson, Pibbs (7) and Kendall. W — Bigby. L — Anderson. 2B — H: Herr, Baggot-Salmon; IV: Foraller, McLaughlin. HR — H: Hankins (3), Bigby (1), Cullen (2); IV: Mikels.