BRUIN GOLFERS' CLINCH LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
April 29, 2008 11:00 pm

By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

In their final league match of the season, the Brookings-Harbor High School golf team secured the Far West League (FWL) regular season title with a 24-stroke win at Myrtle Creek Golf Course Monday.

As league champions, the Bruins claimed one of two spots for the FWL at the state tournament.

The other spot at state will be determined at the district championship tournament, which will take place on Monday and Tuesday, May 5 and 6, at Bandon Crossings Golf Course.

But even though the Bruins have a spot at state locked up, their performance at district will determine their seeding.

The winner of the district tournament will get the No. 1 seed for the FWL at state.

"If we don't play well at district, then we would be the second seed out of our league at state," Coach Bruce Alexander said.

On Monday, the Bruins had another exceptional outing, shooting a program-low 316 – breaking their previous record by one stroke.

North Bend was second on the day with a 340, and Siuslaw finished third, shooting a team score of 349.

Junior David Wiggins had a remarkable day on the links, shooting the lowest score of the day with a 1-under-par 71.

"David is the first golfer we've had shoot under par since Jayme Berkowitz (Class of 2000)," Alexander said.

Fellow junior Jed Warren shot a 77 for the day and senior Chad Patton had an 82.

Sophomores Wolfgang Jacques and Dane Heiss rounded out the scoring field for the Bruins with an 86 and 88, respectively.

The Bruins also had three other players participate in the tournament, although their scores did not count toward the Bruins' overall team score.

Sophomore Cooper Howard shot an impressive 80, freshman Nathan Hanscam had an 85 and sophomore Nick Longo shot a 92.

After participating in the district tournament, the Bruins will play in the OSAA 4A Boys Golf State Championships on Monday and Tuesday, May 12 and 13 at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell.