By Mathew Brock

Pilot Sports Writer

The Bruins boys golf team took first place in a three-team tournament Monday at home with Rogue River coming in second and Reedsport at third.

The tournament had a much larger turnout for the girls teams, with eight schools represented. Rogue River took first for the girls, followed by Bandon and then Marshfield.

The tournament was hosted at Salmon run golf course where weather was fair with little wind for most of the day, despite forecasts of rain that had prompted several of the more distant teams drop out last minute.

Bret Darger of the Bruins took the top spot with an individual low score of 83. He was followed up by Evan Mengershausen of Rogue River at 93 and Cameron Kime of the Bruins at third with 94. Zack Walker wasn’t far behind with a score of 97 at fifth place.

For the girls, Jessica Tittle of Bandon took first with a low score of 105. Second was a three way tie at 108 between, Sophia Woodall and Catherine Gordon from Rogue River, and Ali Carter from Bandon.

For the Bruins, Abby Walker came in at 123, while Mia Weaver followed up at 133.

After Monday’s tournament, the Bruins Junior Varsity golfers were invited to an impromptu tournament at Bandon Crossing, which is often ranked in the top 20 best golf courses in the country.

“This will be a great opportunity for the young guys because it’s such a high level course,” said Bruins coach Gary Early. “They might go the rest of their careers without getting a chance to play there again.”

With their home meet out of the way, the Bruins intend to buckle down and prepare for the upcoming regional tournament, which will be hosted at the Tokatee golf course in Klamath Falls May 7-8.

After coming close to earning a spot in the state tournament last year, Early hopes the team can claim one of the three open spots for their conference, which are usually hotly contested by Bandon, Klamath Falls and Marshfield.