By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
There are no pep talks, no time outs and no substitutes.
Just one athlete, battling mental and physical fatigue for almost six hours on the golf course.
"The whole pressure thing lasts for six hours and you're all by yourself," Coach Bruce Alexander said. "You tell me any other sport where you have to maintain focus that long."
Five members of the Brookings-Harbor High School golf team competed in the grueling gauntlet of the OSAA Golf State Championships Monday and Tuesday at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell.
Battling themselves as well as the rest of the field of competitors is a mentally straining task that forces the golfers to expend every ounce of energy they have just to maintain their composure.
After two days of highly competitive golf, the Bruins finished the state tournament fourth overall with a team score of 676 56 strokes behind first place Marist.
"We hung on for fourth," Alexander said. "I'm very proud of all of them."
The Bruins sat in fourth place after the first round of golf, recording a team score of 333 eight strokes behind third place Sisters.
"The place we're trying to go for is third," Alexander said after the first day of competition.
But the Bruins were unable to catch Sisters as the Outlaws added another 10 strokes to their lead as the Bruins shot a 343 on day two.
Individually, junior Jed Warren led the Bruins as he finished the tournament tied for 11th place overall with a two-day score of 163.
In the opening round, Warren shot one of the best rounds of the tournament with a 77, which put him in third place at the end of day one.
"It would've been nice to hit a few more putts, but I did get a lot of good breaks," Warren said.
Warren sunk three birdies to finish the front nine with a 1-over-par 37. He then shot a 40 on the back nine for a first round total of 77.
But Warren didn't catch as many breaks on the second day of play as he shot a 40 on the front nine and 46 on the back nine for a second round total of 86.
Sophomore Cooper Howard was the most consistent Bruin, as he shot an 85 in round one and took a stroke off on day two with an 84. Howard finished the tournament tied for 25th place with a total score of 169.
After a rough first round, Chad Patton the lone senior on the team rebounded to shoot an 84 in round two, which was the best score of the day along with Howard.
Patton ended his high school career on a positive note as he shot a team-low 39 on the back nine of round two for a two-day score of 172.
Junior David Wiggins had his ups and downs as he finished the tournament tied for 39th place.
Wiggins shot an 84 on day one and then followed with an 89 on day two for an overall score of 173.
Sophomore Wolfgang Jacquez rounded out the scoring for the Bruins with an 87 and an 89 for a total score of 172, which placed him in a tie for 42nd overall in the 90-man field.
Marist won the state golf title with a team score of 620, defeating defending champion Phoenix, who finished second at 644.
Sisters finished third overall at 658, the Bruins were fourth at 676 and Estacada came in fifth with a team score of 690.
Far West League rivals North Bend finished the tournament ninth overall with a two-day total of 702.