Beyer, Brooker set for state tournaments
CORNELIUS – McMinnville freshman Emma Beyer has consistently been the low person on the Grizzlies’ girls golf team.
Beyer went low enough at the Class 6A Pacific Conference championships – held Monday and Tuesday at Forest Hills Golf Course – to earn her first state championship berth.
After shooting a 24-over 96 on the first day, Beyer finished Tuesday’s round with a 102 and a combined score of 198, good enough for eighth place. She was the third and final individual to qualify for the OSAA Class 6A Girls Golf State Championship, which will be held May 19-20 at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell.
“The poor girl, she was playing so bad she basically had it in her mind that she wasn’t going to go,” Mac coach Jeremy Vernon said. “She was working so hard on her short game and it was pretty decent today but she couldn’t get off the tee. Her drives were getting her in trouble.
“Even if she didn’t go, it was something she could learn from. She deserved it. Where she finished is where she’d been finishing.”
As a team, the Grizzlies finished in third place with a combined stroke total of 407-442-829, 53 strokes away from qualifying for the state championships. Tualatin won the conference championship with a score of 361-347-708; Forest Grove finished second at 400-377-777. Tigard (441-418-859) and Glencoe (471-454-925) took fourth and fifth place respectively.
McMinnville junior Katy Kuehn finished 10th (95-106-201) at the tournament, one individual spot away from qualifying for the state championships.
“She shot under 100 for the first time,” Vernon said. “She pounds her drive as far as anybody in league. When she does that, she sets herself up great. Her short game was a lot better than it’s ever been. She struggled on some iron play but her drives were really good.”
Junior Hazel Findley was Mac’s third-place golfer and the tournament’s 14th-place finisher, carding a 105-107-212 over two days. Sophomore Kaela Worden (111-107-218) captured 18th place as the Grizzlies’ final scoring golfer; junior Katelyn Obregon (119-123-242) finished 22nd among the 30 golfers at the tournament.
Tualatin’s Haley Mortensen posted 75-75-150 to win the tournament by six strokes over Hannah Swanson of Forest Grove. Raksa Nhoung of Century, the first individual to qualify, finished third at 77-86-163.
Finishing just shy of a team bus ride to Emerald Valley did not diminish the sense of accomplishment at Forest Hills earlier this week.
“I think there were huge jumps from last year to this year,” Vernon said. “A lot of girls shot 15 to 20 strokes (better). They all improved, and they all return for next year, which is exciting.
“They were talking about (golf season) next year. They were talking about playing more over the summer.”
Brooker earns state berth
BANKS – After a strong first day, the McMinnville boys golf team sputtered to a sixth-place finish at the Class 6A Pacific Conference boys golf championships, held Monday and Tuesday at Quail Hollow Golf Course.
Grizzlies senior Bryce Brooker will represent his school at the OSAA Class 6A Boys Golf State Championships, to be held May 19-20 at Quail Hollow. Brooker parlayed rounds of 7-over 79 and 10-over 82 into a combined score of 161, good for sixth place individually; he was the third and final individual qualifier.
“He had never really shot a round at the 70s and put it all together at the district meet,” said McMinnville coach Chris Brooker, Bryce’s father. “Bryce was Mr. Steady. Hit the ball not super-long but hit it straight and got up and down when he needed to.
“He’s really excited about going to state and representing the conference and McMinnville.”
As a team, Mac’s combined two-day score of 345-383-728 tied it with Forest Grove, well off the pace of conference champion Tigard (326-318-644) and runner-up Tualatin (329-333-662). Both those teams will be headed to the state tournament.
Grizzlies junior Tanner Autencio, a 2013 state qualifier, was forced to withdraw from the tournament after posting a first-day round of 9-over 81, putting him in a tie for sixth place entering Tuesday. According to Chris Brooker, Autencio strained his wrists on a shot from the Quail Valley rough and was forced to withdraw after nine holes as the pain grew stronger.
“He’s kind of had a little bit of a wrist issue throughout the year,” Brooker said. “It just got unbearable. You’re doing other things besides golf. We weren’t doing anything from a team standpoint. He wasn’t really in it from an individual perspective at that point.”
Junior Kyle Brooker improved on his first-day score, carding a 94-90-184 for 22nd place as the Grizzlies’ No. 2 golfer. Junior Adam Israel finished in 25th place with a 91-95-186, and freshman Michael Martinoff had his 128-116-244 score count toward the Grizzlies’ total. Martinoff finished 37th out of 42 golfers.
“He struggled but there’s nothing but upside for him,” Chris Brooker said of Martinoff. “He loves to practice. I have to drag him off the range. You can’t teach that in kids.”