April 13, 2022 — The Siuslaw High School golf team traveled to Creswell for the Springfield Open at Emerald Valley Golf & Resort for its second tournament since the return of the program after a six-year hiatus.
Both the boys and girls teams, at times, looked like a golf program that had just restarted from scratch. There is reason for excitement for Viking golf fans, though, as freshmen led the pack on both sides for Siuslaw.
Top performer for the boys team was freshman Ryan Klampe, who shot a 6-over-par 78 to finish tied for fifth place overall in the individual race.
Considering that 12 teams and 60 total golfers had entered the event, Klampe’s fifth-place finish is impressive, not to mention he is a freshman from one of the smallest schools in the tournament.
“I was happy with my play at the tournament,” said Klampe. “I just had one bad hole where I scored an eight, but other than that I thought I played pretty well.”
Klampe is, by far, the most experienced golfer on the Siuslaw team since he has been playing since his early childhood. He has especially enjoyed this year, as he is playing with his Siuslaw classmates for the first time.
“It’s been fun playing with my friends from high school,” said Klampe.
Next highest finisher on the Siuslaw boys team at the Springfield Open was senior Kayden Lane, who scored 117, his first under 120 score over 18 holes in his golfing career.
“Kayden has been improving a lot,” said Klampe. “He is probably going to be pretty good by the end of the season.”
In addition to Kayden, Klampe sees hope for his entire team.
“I think everyone is going to be pretty good once they have time to learn,” he added.
Junior Wyatt Wells scored 126 to finish third on the Viking boys team.
Sheldon, a 6A school, won the boys event with 322 points, barely edging Marist and Crater, who tied at 323. Thurston’s Kellen Humphries and Crater’s Ben Idiart tied for the boys individual title when both finished with rounds of 1-over-par 73.
The bright future of Viking golf was on display on the girls side, also, as a freshman led scoring for them too.
Rhianna Lane scored 132 over 18 holes to lead the Siuslaw girls. Next was senior Hayden Muller, who scored 134 for her round.
North Eugene’s Francine Tromp was individual champ for the girls with a round of 79. Marist won the girls team title.
Next up for the Siuslaw is a tournament in Florence today. Marshfield is playing host to the event that is being held at Florence Golf Links. Roseburg will join the Pirates and Vikings for the event. Start time has not yet been announced.