April 15, 2022 — The Siuslaw golf program continued its successful return to interscholastic competition when the girls team picked up its first victory of the 2022 season. The Viks narrowly edged North Bend at the Marshfield Invitational. Though they weren’t the host school, the event was like a home event for the Viks as it was played at Florence Golf Links.
The Siuslaw boys team also had a successful day. They did not finish on the top of the standings as a team, but did have some impressive individual performances led by freshman Ryan Klampe.
Fellow freshman Rhianna Lane was the leader for Siuslaw on the girls side. Lane scored 61 over 9 holes to earn second place in the individual standings. North Bend’s Morgan Hoefs edged Lane by three strokes when she scored 58.
In the team race, the Vikings girl team squeaked by North Bend by just one stroke, 260-259.
“We learned that every stroke counts,” Lane said.
Just behind Lane was senior Hayden Muller, who scored 63. Freshman Darcy Edmond was next at 67, followed by junior Itziar Carro, 68, and senior Zoe Alberty, 70.
“I was surprised to place second and even more amazed that our girls team won,” Lane said. “Our team won against a much larger 5A school, North Bend. As a team we have room for improvement and continue to learn new skills. We are strong athletes with a competitive drive to do our best. We have a bright future."
The Siuslaw boys didn’t find the same level of team success as the girls, but all five members of the team had good 18-hole rounds and are showing steading improvement.
Woodburn’s Ty Beyer scored an impressive 73 to win the boys individual title. Tied for second was Siuslaw’s Klampe and Ramsey Gordon of Cascade, who were both seven strokes back at 80.
Though there was a bit of a drop off in individual scores for the boys after Klampe, all four other golfers keep showing significant improvement.
“At the start of the season, I had only played a few times,” said Siuslaw senior Zion Jones, who scored 125 over 18 holes. “Now, at least, I can consistently hit the ball. My goal for the rest of the season is to get a 100 over 18 holes by the end of the season.”
Cascade of Turner won the team race on the boys side, with a 5-man score of 339. Marist of Eugene was just three strokes back with a score of 342. Host Marshfield was third at 358.
“I am very pleased how things went,” said Viking Coach Chuck Johnson. “Both boys and girls teams improved a lot.”
He said he was impressed by not only his team improvement as the season has gone on, but how the golfers even showed improvement during this one-day event.
“I like how I saw my team mentally bear down,” Johnson said. “A lot of them had a rough front nine, but decided they were going to do better on the back nine, and they did. I’m just pleased where we are right now. We have 16 golfers. One had any kind of experience coming into this season. Now, after this event, all 16 of them have a competitive round under their belts. It’s not the easiest game to learn, and these kids have handled it so well.”
Next up for Siuslaw is a yet to be announced event next week. District for the boys team is in Eagle Point May 5-6. Girls district is in Bandon on May 9-10.