Jared Duvall and Joash Farlow struggle on a blustery day at Quail Valley
BANKS Tuesday just wasnt their day.
Competing in the Class 6A boys golf state tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course, Glencoes Jared Duvall and Hillsboros Joash Farlow both entered Tuesdays second and final round in prime position to make runs at top-10 finishes and spots on the all-tournament team.
But the two golfers, representing their schools as individuals and playing in the same group Tuesday, struggled in blustery conditions and fell out of contention.
Farlow and Duvall each shot a 3-over-par 72 on Monday, tied for 13th place halfway through.
Duvall, who earned medalist honors at last weeks Pacific Conference district tournament, shot a 12-over 84 on Tuesday for a total score of 159. He finished in 23rd place. As for Farlow, he put up an 87 on Tuesday and finished at 162, tying for 32nd place.
Though the two Hillsboro-area golfers had rough second days, they were far from the only ones. With a wind blowing in from the west that would not quit, only 18 of the 78 players in the field shot better the second day compared with the first.
Everyone played bad today, pretty much, except for a couple guys, Duvall said. The wind played a huge role.
Lake Oswegos Cole Madey won medalist honors with a 1-over score of 143 (70-73). Madeys Lakers also won their third consecutive state championship with a team score of 595, besting runner-up Jesuit by 19 strokes.
Competing in his first state tournament, Farlow persevered until the very last. He lost two balls on his second shot at No. 17 and then another on his first shot of the final hole, shooting a collective 7-over for the final two holes.
The day left Farlow short of the top-15 finish he had been gunning for, but his body of work over the course of the spring was indisputably solid. The junior, who attends the small private school Faith Bible in Hillsboro, did not turn out for golf last year but returned this season to finish fourth in the league and help his team out of the conference cellar.
It was a good season, Farlow said. We had a really good year. I was glad to have our coach this year. We got a new coach this year who really made a big difference, especially me and the other guys on our team. It was a great season.
As for that new coach, Mark Gantor, he was pretty impressed with his top golfer, too, saying that the difficulties of Tuesdays round would have reduced many players to tantrums.
He handled it like a pro, Gantor said.
Both coach and player have reason for optimism to carry them into next season. The Spartans should return three varsity players next year, so the team could make some noise in the Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference.
As for Duvall, he was understandably frustrated after sinking his final shot Tuesday afternoon for his first round in the 80s all season. After a top-10 finish at state last year and a district title last week, he entered the tournament with top-five aspirations, but three double bogeys and eight bogeys compared with two birdies was too much to overcome.
I thought I was going to play good today, Duvall said. I felt good about it. Just didnt get it done.
Duvall capped his career as a three-time state tournament participant. With that 10th-place finish last year at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, he led the Crimson Tide to a program-best fifth-place team finish.
And this year he picked up conference medalist honors after having taken second place to former teammate Connor Tripp in 2013.
It was just disappointment to end that way, but like I also told him ... Its one round, and youve had a great career. You cant let this round dictate what kind of career you had, because youve been a solid player for four years, said his coach and father, Tim Duvall. Nothing to be ashamed of.