BANKS — By finishing fourth at the 2015 OSAA 4A Boys Golf State Championships, the Scappoose High School golf team became the fourth boys program at SHS to earn an OSAA trophy this school year on May 19.
Scappoose was one of three Cowapa League schools to finish in the top four spots at the state meet. The Indians finished the two-day, 36-hole tournament 124 strokes over par with a score of 700. Seaside won its second straight championship, finishing with 623 strokes. Valley Catholic was the runner-up at 643.
The only non-Cowapa school to take home a trophy was Marshfield, who took third at 647.
Sophomore Nathan Mapes led the charge for the Tribe. He ended the first 18 holes on May 18 at seven-over-par with a score of 79. He followed that with an 80 on May 19 to finish in a tie for 10th place individually.
Mapes was one of four Indians golfing in the state tournament for the second straight year. That experience helped the Tribe move up nine spots from its 13th-place finish a season ago.
“The boys played very well and I’m very proud of them for how hard they worked this year to improve,” said coach Steve Hagen. “They started 2014 with a score of 444 at the first tournament of the year. At this year’s regional, they shot 335. A 109-shot improvement in two years is pretty impressive.”
In 2013, the Indians had a higher score but finished third in the state. Current senior Tyler Lukinbeal was a sophomore on that year’s team, which finished with 717 strokes at Emerald Valley Golf Course. Lukinbeal shot 201 as a sophomore. As a senior, he ended tied for 15th in the state individually after shooting just 20 strokes over par at 164.
The Indians’ No. 3 golfer was junior Braxton Sue. He finished with 189 strokes, landing him tied for 37th. Freshman Jake Gray shot 194 to end up 42nd.
Junior Robert Lohman played day two of the tournament, finishing with his best score of the season by shooting 93.
That helped him become the first male athlete at SHS this year to earn a trophy in three sports. The SHS boys also won OSAA trophies this year in football, wrestling and boys basketball.
He will also help form a core nucleus of experienced players who will vie for a return trip to state next season.
“We will return four players who played varsity most of the year, Nathan Mapes, Andrew Kercher, Braxton Sue and Jake Gray,” Hagen said. “We have some other promising players who will be challenging that group for playing time next year, including Robert Lohman… Jack Eggars, Colton Bush, Liam Bliss, Bryce Tenney, Willy Lohman, Lucas Elliott and Benji Davidson.”
Lukinbeal will leave the program after helping it pick up two trophies. Also graduating from the team will be fellow senior Avi German.
“Both were instrumental in this year’s success,” Hagen said.
1, Seaside 623 (+47). 2, Valley Catholic 643 (+67). 3, Marshfield 647 (+71). 4, Scappoose 700 (+124). 5, Hidden Valley 708 (+132). 6, Cottage Grove 731 (+155). 7, Stayton 746 (+170). 8, Baker 750 (+174). 9, Junction City 760 (+184). 10, La Grande 782 (+206).
T-10, Mapes 79-80-159 (+15). T-15, Lukinbeal 83-81-164 (+20). T-37, Sue 92-97-189 (+45). 42, Gray 95-99-194 (+50). Lohman n/a-93 (+21).