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Tigard, with freshman Jon Holzgang leading the way, wins its fourth straight league tourney


by: DAN BROOD - FAB FROSH -- Tigard High School freshman Jon Holzgang chips onto the 18th green during Monday's Pacific Conference tournament.TUALATIN — Corey Floom didn’t exactly play his best round of golf.

Neither did Colin McAninch.

But, when it comes to the Tigard High School boys golf team, stuff like that doesn’t seem to matter very much.

The Tigers, with their depth and talent, seem to find a way to win no matter what.

And, so far this season, no other team in the Pacific Conference has been able to get the best of them.

Tigard made it four-for-four in conference tournament first-place finishes on the season by roaring to victory at the Pacific Conference event held Monday at Tualatin Country Club.

“That’s the good thing about our team,” Floom, a Tigard senior, said after Monday’s tourney. “I think we’ve all been the top player on the team at one time, and we’ve all been the worst.”

by: DAN BROOD - A CLOUD OF DUST -- Tualatin High School senior JJ Paulson hits a shot out of the bunker in Monday's tournament. Paulson led the Timberwolves with a round of 79. “All of us are about the same,” Tigard senior Nick Jones said. “There’s a lot of good competition within the team.”

“Anyone on the team could win any week,” Floom said.

“We’re just consistent,” Jones said.

Tigard triumphed at Monday’s tourney with a team score of 313 strokes. That put the Tigers 22 shots ahead of second-place Tualatin, which carded a 335, and 38 shots ahead of third-place Glencoe.

“That was a good team win,” Tigard senior Damian Vonahlefeld said.

And, for the deep Tiger squad, it was freshman Jon Holzgang’s time to shine in Monday’s tourney.

Holzgang, playing in the No. 4 spot in the line-up for Tigard, claimed tournament medalist honors with a three-over-par round of 75. That put Holzgang one shot ahead of second-place Jared Duvall of Glencoe, who carded a 76.

by: DAN BROOD - OUT OF THE SAND -- Tigard senior Corey Floom hits a bunker shot on hole No. 17 during Monday's tournament at Tualatin Country Club.“That feels awesome,” Holzgang said of his first high school tournament victory.

Holzgang, a left-hander who uses a sidesaddle putting style, finished strong to claim the crown, shooting a 35 for the final nine holes.

He chipped in for a birdie on hole No. 8, and he sank back-to-back birdie putts on holes No. 13 and 14.

Jones, playing at the No. 2 spot in the line-up, and Vonahlefeld, playing at the No. 5 spot, each had a round of 78, putting them in a tie for third place in the individual standings for the tourney. Jones also had a strong finish to the tournament, shooting a 37 on the back nine.

Floom, playing at No. 1 for Tigard, shot an 82. McAninch, a Tiger junior, had a round of 86.

“We’re playing some good golf this year,” Floom said.

And this may be the year that the Tigers have been waiting for.

Floom, Jones, McAninch and Vonahlefeld all played for last year’s Tigard squad that finished second in the Pacific Conference standings and went on to finish in a tie for eighth place at last year’s Class 6A state tournament.

The Tigers are looking for even more this year.

“Me and Jones and Corey are seniors who have been playing here for awhile,” Vonahlefeld said. “We want to get some hardware. We want fourth place or better.”

Tigard feels that, with the four state tourney returnees, as well as Holzgang and senior Nick Wanderscheid, and with everyone playing strong, that goal is within reach.

by: DAN BROOD - THE DRIVE -- Tualatin's Johnathan Whittle watches his drive on hole No. 12.“We’re capable,” Floom said.

“We can do it,” Vonahlefeld added.

“We play well at Quail Valley (site of this year’s Pacific Conference tournament and the Class 6A boys state tournament),” Jones said.

And, the Tigers say, they just might have a chance to win it all.

“Lake Oswego thinks they have it in the bag,” Vonahlefeld said with a sly smile.

While Tigard has finished in first place in all four conference tournaments so far on the season, the Tualatin boys have placed second in all four tourneys.

Senior JJ Paulson led the way for the Timberwolves at Monday’s tournament with a score of 79, which put him in fifth place in the individual standings.

by: DAN BROOD - NICK CHIP -- Tigard High School senior Nick Jones chips onto the green on hole No. 12 during Monday's Pacific Conference tournament held at Tualatin Country Club. Jones had a round of 78. Also for Tualatin, CJ Luikart finished right behind Paulson, carding an 80 to finish in sixth place. JJ Carter had a round of 86 for the Wolves. Jackson Ceserani shot a 90 and Johnathan Whittle had a round of 91.

The next Pacific Conference tournament will be held Monday at Michelbook Country Club in McMinnville. The Pacific Conference district tournament is slated to be held May 12-13 at Quail Valley.



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