Despite heavy rains over the past few months flooding the course and threatening to cause a cancellation, the Bruins golf team hosted their home tourney on Monday at Salmon Run golf course under a cloudless sky.
“We have a young team, but we seem to play very well in tournaments,” said Bruins coach Gary Early. “Last year we were an older group that did great in practice but fell apart in tournaments, but this year we really seem to thrive off the pressure.”
Teams from 10 schools from across Oregon traveled to Brookings to compete.
Brookings-Harbor came in first in the mens at a team score of 372. Hidden Valley followed up in second with a team score of 410, while Illinois Valley took third with a team score of 415.
For the womens teams, the Bruins didn’t have enough golfers to compete. Marshfield took first at 447, while Hidden Valley came in second at 481.
For individual scores, starting with the boys, Cameron Kime came in first for the Bruins with a low score of 87, while Zack Walker took second with a low of 91. Austin Parker of the Illinois Valley Cougars took third at 93, while Evan Mengenhausen of Rogue River came in right behind at fourth with 94.
Also for the Bruins boys, Rylan Bruce hit a 98, while Robby Rowe and Ethan Hooper both hit 97.
For the women’s individual scores, Paige Kirchner from Marshfield took first with a low score of 98, while Abby Walker of the Bruins took second with a low of 101. Madi Kay of Reedsport snagged third with a score of 104. Mia Weaver hit 111 for the Bruins, while Lucy Nading hit 125.
The Bruins head to the regional tournament today at the Centennial Golf Course in Medford, while the girls head to their regional tournament early next week at Rogue Valley Country Club.
As with many of the Bruins sports teams, the Bruins face a different set of competition this year now that they’ve moved down to the 3A level. Early said the change from 4A to 3A hasn’t had much effect on the team since they often faced off against 5A and 6A opponents regardless. He has high hopes.
“There’s a couple of high-powered schools in 3A, but it seems like we caught a lot of them in the rebuilding process,” Early said. “We’re pretty young too but sort of seem ahead of the curve.”