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“We struggled a little today,” said Crook County High School boys golf coach Zach Lampert following the Pronghorn Invitational Tournament.
With high winds and difficult course conditions, none of the players even approached par on the difficult Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.
Bend’s Chapin Pedersen and Redmond’s Mason Rodby finished as co-medalists at Monday’s tournament with five-over-par rounds of 79.
Bend won the team championship with a score of 323. They were followed by Redmond (335), and Summit (345).
Crook County and Ridgeview finished in a tie for fourth with rounds of 384.
“I’d like to see us stay ahead of Ridgeview if we can,” Lampert said. “I think the kids took notice that Ridgeview tied them. Hopefully that will motivate them.”
The Cowboys were led by Joe Morgan who fired a 93. He was followed closely by Lane Rutz who finished with a 94, his best round of the year.
“Morgan shot about normal,” Lampert said. “I was happy for Rutz. When your No. 5 player finishes one shot behind your best score for the day — that’s good for him.”
Rounding out the scoring for the Cowboys were Josh Christian (97), Kody Kuk (100), and Trevor Davis (101).
“Kuk had a little trouble off the tee,” Lampert said. “That is a course where if you don’t hit straight off the tee you can get into some trouble.”
The Cowboys are back in action today when they play at Eagle Ridge in a 9 a.m. start. The team is on the links again on Monday when they compete in the Bend Invitational, which will be held at Bend Country Club beginning at 10 a.m.
“Like I’ve been saying all year, we are going to have some ups and downs,” Lampert said. “But we will keep plugging along and I think we will be there by the end of the year.”
at Nicklaus Signature Course, Pronghorn
Team Scores — Bend 323, Redmond 335, Summit 345, Crook County 384, Ridgeview 384.
Co-medalists — Chapin Pedersen, Bend, 79; Mason Rodby, Redmond, 79.
Crook County (384) — Morgan 93, Rutz 94, Christian 97, Kuk 100, Davis 101.