As the lone Brookings-Harbor High School golfer to qualify for the OSAA state golf tournament at Emerald Valley golf course on Monday and Tuesday, senior Kyle Gordon should have had the weight of the world on his shoulders, but he didn't.
"There was no pressure," Gordon said. "I know what I had to do. It feels good just to qualify and come to state."
Gordon shot a 171 over the two-day event with a 10-over-par 82 on the first day and a 17-over-par on the second to end the tournament at plus-27.
The winners, Far West League rival Tyler Franke of Sutherlin and Bryce Wortman of Mazama both shot a 158 to tie for first.
"It should have been a three-way tie for first," Gordon said. "I would have been happy with that. I worked really hard to get where I am right now."
The first day of play left Gordon in a group tie for second place and, according to Head Coach Chris McConnell, Gordon decided to go big on day two to try and capture the title.
"He made the decision to go for it," McConnell said. "When you make the decision to go for it, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't."
"Kyle played really well," he added. "It's a difficult course and I thought he handled it really well."
As a senior Gordon was really hoping to have a piece of the championship, but the 17-over second day put an end to that.
"I had a really rough day today," Gordon said on Tuesday evening. "It should have been the title. You put all this work into the game and you just have to go for it."
Gordon has plans to attend golf college and would like to make an attempt at playing the Professional Golfers' Association of America's PGA Tour.