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BOYS GOLF: Cavemen claim SWC match

GRANTS PASS — The one-two punch of Messiah Gilbert and Oliver Ausland showed up in a big way for the Grants Pass boys golf team on its home course Monday.

Gilbert earned medalist honors with an even-par 72 and Ausland was runner-up with a 73 to lead the Cavemen to victory at the Southwest Conference tournament at Grants Pass Country Club.

The Cavemen scored 303 as a team while South Medford came in third place with a 345, using Blake Boutwell’s 81 — the fifth-lowest score of the SWC field — as well as Kyle Reed’s 87.

Competing in a separate small school division that included North Valley and Bandon, St. Mary’s junior Brock Drury posted the true top mark of the day with a 1-under 71 to help the Crusaders finish with a team score of 330 that equaled the second-best mark of the day behind Grants Pass.

North Medford’s Trey Neff shot an 89 as the Black Tornado took fourth with a 377.

Tiger Kao (82), Davis Jones (87) and Elliot Zimmer (90) also fared well for St. Mary’s.

TEAM SCORES: 1, Grants Pass, 303; 2, Sheldon, 338; 3, South Medford, 345; 4, North Medford, 377; 5, South Eugene, 380; 6, Roseburg, 480.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (TOP 5): 1, Messiah Gilbert, GP, 72; 2, Oliver Ausland, GP, 73; 3, Owen Davis-Piger, SE, 75; 4, Clayton Pilcher, GP, 75; 5, Blake Boutwell, SM, 81.

LOCAL SCORES

GRANTS PASS (303): Oliver Ausland 35-38—73, Messiah Gilbert 36-36—72, Rigby Lathen 43-40—83, Clayton Pilcher 37-38—75.

SOUTH MEDFORD (345): Blake Boutwell 42-39—81, Kyle Reed 43-44—87, Carter McDougall 39-50—89, Max Woolf 42-46—88.

NORTH MEDFORD (377): Andrew Plankenhorn 50-50—100, Trey Neff 48-41—89, Ty Neff 50-46—96, Bryson Snow 47-45—92.

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