Riverside boys, Heppner girls take second

ECHO - Friday's Small Schools Golf Invitational held at Echo Hills Golf Course gave golfers and their coaches a sneak preview of what may come at the district tournament in May.

Enterprise claimed the boys competition, which featured District 4 teams along with Riverside, with a score of 338, and the top five team scores were close.

Riverside took second with a 364 and were followed by Umatilla (379), Nixyaawii (383), Condon (386), Horizon Christian (404), Heppner (417), Echo (427), Union (428) and Wallowa (468).

"This was a huge measuring stick to see where each team is at," Umatilla coach Tony Villanueva said. "It's going to be very close come districts to see which two teams qualify for state."

Troy Bow led the Vikings as the team's No. 2 golfer, firing a 7-over-par 79, which included three birdies.

"That's lower than I normally shoot," Bow said. "I was driving, chipping and putting it well, but I struggled with my irons."

Bow's round of 79 placed him second overall individually behind medalist Luke Survice of Wallowa. Survice carded a 75 that included two birdies, but he scored a 7 on the par-4 18th hole.

"That was one of Troy's best rounds ever," Villanueva said. "He works really hard to improve his game, and I'm glad he was able to put some things together."

Bow was followed by teammates Tyler Potts (99), David White (101) and Charley Johnston (104).

"David didn't play as well as he normally does," Villanueva said. "He's been going pretty hard with tennis and golf, and he's normally in the 80s.

Andrew Parker led Riverside with an 82 and was followed by James Johnson (89), Eric Yoder (90) and Tyson Kegler (97).

"I was fairly pleased overall with our team scores," Riverside coach Mike Wetherall said. "This was just our third match of the season, and we're beginning to show signs of consistency."

Nixyaawii was led by Sol Van Pelt, who shot an 86, and teammate Mason Foster had a 92 to lead the Golden Eagles.

Josh Barnett had a 91 to lead Condon, and teammates Drew Messenger and Jimmy Potter each shot a 95.

Herschel Zielke led Echo with a 92, and Robert Warden led Heppner with a 96.

Cole Phinney and Andy Marcom each shot an 83, and Jake Thompson had an 87 for Enterprise.

On the girls side, Enterprise had a team score of 483 led by medalist Kayla Stoffel to finish first ahead of Heppner (511).

None of the other three schools qualified for a team score for the girls.

"Our No. 4 girl was sick, or I think we could have been in the hunt for one of the top spots," coach Villanueva said.

Umatilla had only three golfers compete, and Mandi Villanueva paced the team with a 101.

"That's a pretty good score for her," coach Villanueva said. "Kayla plays much better normally than she did (Friday), but Mandi was pleased to be so close to medalist honors."

Liz Orwick led Heppner with a 108.


Hermiston, Pendleton boys fare well

PRINEVILLE - Aaron Puzey fired a 5-over-par 77 on Friday at Meadow Lakes Golf Course during the Crook County Invitational to lead Hermiston to a seventh-place finish.

Pendleton took sixth overall.

Puzey shot 39 on the front nine and 38 on the back.

"He had to work pretty hard to score well on the back," Hermiston coach Bill McLeod said. "He found some water, but he held it together pretty well."

Summit won the overall title with a 300 and was followed by Redmond (305), Bend (316), Mountain View (330), Sandy (331), Pendleton (332), Hermiston (335), Seaside (336), Crook County (338) and La Pine (344).

"We played better as a team Friday than we did on Thursday," McLeod said. "I think the course played into our game a little better on Friday."

Anthony Faretta, who tied for fourth overall on Thursday with a 76 in Bend, fired an 80 on Friday.

"Anthony struggled with the greens a little, but to struggle and still shoot 80 is pretty good," McLeod said.

Also for Hermiston, Jordan Fisher shot an 84 and was followed by Connor Bendixsen (94) and Taylor McKinzie, who carded a 98.

Matt Corley led the Buckaroos with an 81 after shooting 78 on Thursday in Bend. Terry Cable fired an 82 for Pendleton and was followed by Shane Dillavou (83), Jonas Moses (86) and Scott Brown (87).

Joe Heifler of Redmond won medalist honors with a 73 that included a hole in one.

Hermiston and Pendleton are at Hood River on Monday.

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