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OSAA state golf 2022: What happened in the first round at 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A/2A/1A boys and girls tournaments

Here is a recap from each of Monday’s state golf tournaments.

By René Ferrán 

Here is a recap from each of Monday’s state golf tournaments. Action concludes Tuesday with final rounds at Trysting Tree (Corvallis), Emerald Valley (Creswell), Quail Valley (Banks) and Eagle Crest (Redmond).

Colby Sullivan (McNary) photo by Diana Dettwyler 

Class 6A Boys 

With junior Brody Grieb leading the way, the Summit boys golf team looks to make a statement in its final season in Class 6A before dropping back to 5A next year.

Grieb fired a 6-under-par 65 at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis on Monday to take a one-stroke lead at the OSAA 6A state championships, leading the Storm to a 22-stroke lead over Tigard in the team standings.

Grieb entered the tournament as the team’s No. 5 seed behind three Division I signees but shot 30 for his first nine (the back nine at Trysting Tree) with four birdies and an eagle to get off to a blazing start.

Grieb leads McNary junior Colby Sullivan by one shot and Mountainside senior Collin Hodgkinson by two strokes going into Tuesday’s final round. Only four golfers in the field of 91 broke par Monday, with Grieb’s teammate, senior Sam Renner, five shots off the pace.

With Grieb and Renner under par, the Storm posted a 4-under 280 total. Tigard, Sunset, Beaverton, Lake Oswego and Lincoln are tightly bunched within six strokes of one another.

Jesuit, which won the past three OSAA boys state championships contested before the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the past two tournaments, is in eighth place, 36 strokes behind Summit.

The Storm won three consecutive 5A titles from 2015-17 and were runners-up to Marist Catholic in 2018 before moving up the following year to 6A for the four-year classification cycle that runs out in June. 

Class 6A Girls

Another year, another battle between Jesuit and a Metro League rival atop the 6A girls leaderboard at the state golf championships.

In the previous two tournaments pre-pandemic, the Crusaders fended off Westview to win the program’s first titles since 2005.

This year at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, they’re dueling with Mountainside, with the Mavericks owning the overnight lead after posting a 27-over 315 total, seven strokes better than Jesuit.

Mountainside was paced by senior Sofia Fuenmayor, a Weber State commit who shot a 1-under 71 to sit in second place in the individual standings, six strokes behind Cleveland senior Kyra Ly, an Oregon State signee who tied the tournament record with a 7-under 65 round.

Ly shrugged off an early bogey and birdied seven of her final 12 holes to match the 65 shot by Ellie Slama for South Salem on the same course in the first round of the 2017 tournament.

Ly is bidding to become Cleveland’s first state champion, while Mountainside hopes to win the program’s first title. Behind the two Metro powers lurk Three Rivers rivals West Linn (43-over) and Lake Oswego (46-over).

Ly and Fuenmayor were the only two golfers under par on Day 1. Jesuit junior Anna Poulin and Tualatin sophomore Maya Promwongsa each shot even-par 72s.

Class 5A Boys

Corvallis took advantage of home-course knowledge to grab a 14-stroke lead after the first of two rounds of the 5A state tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Club.

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Senior Cole Rueck, the son of Oregon State women’s basketball coach Scott Rueck and a Boise State signee, holds a one-shot lead in the individual race after shooting a 2-under 69. La Salle Prep junior William Koch was the only other golfer to break par, firing a 70, with the next golfers five strokes back.

Rueck and Koch were tied for the lead heading to the par-4 finishing hole, but a closing bogey dropped Koch back.

The Spartans, bidding for their first title since winning back-to-back in 2010-11, shot a cumulative 27-over 311 total to lead Crater (41-over), Thurston (46-over) and La Salle Prep (51-over) in the team standings. 

Class 5A Girls

North Eugene freshman Francesca Tomp shot an even-par 72 to grab a six-stroke lead over Wilsonville senior Paris Wilhelm after the first round of the 5A state tournament at Emerald Valley.

Tomp would join Sharon Hadley from 1980 as the only North Eugene golfers to win medalist honors.

Wilhelm paced the Wildcats to a 21-stroke lead in the team standings over Silverton, with Corvallis another nine shots back.

Wilsonville’s only state title came with an asterisk when the 2017 tournament was shortened to 27 holes because of severe weather at Emerald Valley.

Class 4A Boys

Valley Catholic and senior Ryoma Lane are both locked in tight battles to win state titles at the 4A tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.

The Valiants, who last won the team title in 2018, shot a 41-over 329 total to grab a six-stroke lead over Cowapa rival Banks and Baker/Powder Valley after Round 1, with Cascade and 2019 champion Marist Catholic still in contention, tied for fourth at 14 strokes behind. 

Lane is in a three-way tie for the lead after the first round with juniors Elliott Lee of Tillamook and Ty Beyer of Woodburn, with each shooting a 1-over 73. Banks senior Aaron Brown, playing on his home course, is alone in fourth at 3-over, with Baker/Powder Valley freshman Isaiah Jones another shot back in fifth.

Class 4A/3A/2A/1A Girls

St. Mary’s (Medford) senior Riley Hammericksen shot a 1-over 73 at Eagle Crest Ridge Course in Redmond to grab a share of the lead in the individual standings and propel the Crusaders to a 13-shot lead in the team race after one round.

Hammericksen birdied her final two holes to climb into a tie with Valley Catholic junior Challin Kim atop the leaderboard, three shots ahead of Marist Catholic senior Sandhya Vaikuntam.

Hammericksen is the younger sister of two-time medalist Baylee Hammericksen, a 2021 graduate now playing at the University of Oregon.

The Crusaders, who won the previous four state tournaments before the pandemic, shot a 50-over total to lead Marist Catholic by 13 strokes and Valley Catholic by 49.

Class 3A/2A/1A Boys

Oregon Episcopal, which won the last OSAA state tournament contested in 2019, holds a two-shot lead over St. Mary’s (Medford) after the first round at Quail Valley.

The Falcons won the 4A/3A/2A/1A State Preview by 31 strokes on the same course a month ago.

St. Mary’s junior Brock Drury shot a 4-under 68 to take a three-shot lead over Oregon Episcopal senior Ethan Tseng. Drury’s only blemish on his card came on the closing hole to offset five birdies.

On the other hand, Tseng — a Northwestern signee who helped Jesuit win the 6A title in 2019 — had a much wilder ride en route to his 71, carding six birdies and five bogeys. He birdied Nos. 15 and 18 to get into red figures.