Autencio cards low rounds, going to state
McMinnville’s Tanner Autencio had a solid tournament for the Grizzlies. Autencio finished in fifth place with a round of 156. Because of his two-day total, Autencio was one of three golfers that earned state tournament bids as a top individual finalist not on a state-bound team.
Connor Tripp of Glencoe won the tournament with a three-shot lead (147) over fellow Crimson Tide teammate Jared Duvall (150).
Autencio, a sophomore, qualified after a record-setting two days. Autencio finished Monday 5-over 77. McMinnville coach Chris Brooker said Autencio’s is the lowest of his career.
“Tanner was really strong for us,” Brooker said. “He really drove us and really inspired the team.”
Autencio finished his final round shooting a 79.
“Tanner finished two really strong rounds in the 70s which he’s never done,”Brooker said, “and it got him a state berth. Really huge accomplishment for him and our program.”
Hunter Hoyt-Franck (84, 94) and Adam Young (90, 88) rounded out the Grizzlies top three over the two days.
Brooker said he doesn’t expect Autencio to win the state championship, but said since he’s is only a sophomore, the knowledge and experience he can gain is invaluable.
“As a sophomore, he will gain so much experience from this,” Brooker said. “It can open a lot of doors for Tanner and our program.”
The McMinnville Grizzlies girls golf team took third Tuesday in the Pacific Conference district tournament with a team score of 490. The Grizzlies finished the tournament trailing Tualatin (399) and Forest Grove (463). Overall the Grizzlies finished the season third in the Pacific Conference standings out of eight teams.
McMinnville as a team didn’t qualify for the state tournament, and it didn’t have any individuals qualify. Senior Emily Cutler finished fifth, two spots shy of an individual state birth. The Grizzlies are a young team. They took two freshman, two sophomores and one senior to the district tournament.
Mac coach Ben Heuberger said the team goal was to work toward a second-place finish.
“We got some practice rounds in, and my senior (Emily Cutler) knows the course,” Heuberger said. “But it was just a combination of things. Golf’s a funny sport like that. But finishing in third place in league isn’t bad at all.”
Heuberger said the goal in 2014 is to take McMinnville to state.
“I’m looking forward to taking this team to state,” Heuberger said. “I think we have a good base, and our goal is to finish in the top two and take it to state.”
The Grizzlies snapped their five-game losing streak Tuesday with an 8-5 win at Century. The Grizzlies (7-16) produced two runs in the third inning, three runs in the fourth inning, two runs in the fifth inning and one run in the seventh inning. The Jaguars (6-17) scored all five runs in the fifth inning.
McMinnville put together 14 hits en route to the win. Allyson Ulbricht and Layne Pendleton led the Grizzlies with three hits apiece. One of which was a triple by Pendleton. Sam Teafatiller, Mackenzie Davis and Lauren Ulbricht each had two hits, while Makayla Khatewoda and Kristin King each had one.
Kamrie Hoggard pitched four innings and allowed four hits and four runs. Sam Hensley pitched three innings.