Headed into the second day of competition at Bandon Crossings golf course just south of Bandon, the Brookings-Harbor High School golf team was just four strokes out of second place and one day of competition away from possibly qualifying for the OSAA state tournament.
Kyle Gordon plays out of the sand at the Far West League district championships on Monday. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The Far West League district golf tournament is the proving ground for high school golfers and the top two teams qualify for a berth at the state tournament. In addition, the golfers with the five lowest scores qualify as individuals if their team fails to make it.
The Bruins were hoping to duplicate Monday’s efforts – and looking for the Bulldogs of Sutherlin to have an off day – and make it into the state playoffs next week, but were unable to do so and failed to place in the top two.
One Bruin golfer, senior Tyler Edwards, was able to turn in a 79 on the day which, added to his 84 from Monday, qualified him for the state tournament with a 163 and a tie for third place.
“Honestly I think I would have rather gone with my team,” Edwards said following the revelation the Bruins hadn’t made it. “They’re a good bunch of guys and we would have had a lot of fun.”
Edwards was the lone Bruin qualifier in 2011, and placed ninth overall at the championships.
He’s hoping to do just as well this year.
“I want to get back in the top ten again,” he said. “I want to place and bring back a medal.”
Edwards is confident in his chances of placing because of how tough the Far West League has been this year.
“We’ve got two of the best teams in the state this year,” he said. “North Bend is a tough team and playing against them has made me better.”
A Far West League golfer made history at the district tournament on Tuesday.
While golfing the par three 14th hole, freshman Brandon Bass of South Umpqua hit a hole-in-one.
“There has never been a hole-in-one in a Far West League district championship,” Brookings Head Coach Bruce Alexander said. “We’ve had them in regular season matches over the years but never at the championships in the 20-plus years that I’ve been working with the program.”
According to one of the golfers in Bass’ group, he pulled out his four wood and hit the ball. It bounced just in front of the green and rolled toward the hole, where it hung momentarily on the lip before falling into the cup.
The cheers were heard over a half-mile away at the tee box for the 18th hole as the eight coaches who were watching the hole mobbed Bass to congratulate him.
Bass was presented with a hole-in-one shirt and inducted into the Bandon Crossings Hole-in-One Club, by the clubhouse staff.