Union, Mountain View rule district golf

Union’s Keith Lobis and Mountain View’s Willy Yeh claim individual titles.

RIDGEFIELD — A senior took home one top prize Tuesday at Tri-Mountain Golf Course. A freshman took the other.

Union senior Keith Lobis defended his Class 4A District 4 boys golf championship, recording a 2-under-par total after firing back-to-back 71s in the two-day tournament.

About 90 minutes later, Mountain View freshman Willy Yeh beat two other players in a playoff to claim the Class 3A district title.

These four Union seniors, Gabe Rodgers, Dylan Henry, Reece Boyce, and Keith Lobis, helped the Titans to their eighth consecutive district team title. Lobis won the individual title, as well, wearing that hat. “I don’t know about good luck. Just warmth,” he said. Photo by Paul Valencia
These four Union seniors, Gabe Rodgers, Dylan Henry, Reece Boyce, and Keith Lobis, helped the Titans to their eighth consecutive district team title. Lobis won the individual title, as well, wearing that hat. “I don’t know about good luck. Just warmth,” he said. Photo by Paul Valencia

 

Tyler Jones
Tyler Jones

The district tournaments determine automatic qualifiers for the state championships in the spring. Other top placers from this event go to bi-district tournaments in the spring, for one more chance to get to state.

 

Lobis and Yeh, of course, know they get to go straight to state.

“It’s pretty cool. I really, really wanted just to play well, to play my best. I was able to do that for these two days,” Lobis said. “Excited to be able to win this two years in a row. Glad I could end my high school season on a high note.”

Tyler Jones of Skyview finished second, three shots behind Lobis, Dylan Henry and Reece Boyce of Union  took third and fourth, respectively. All four qualified directly to state.

“My goal was to win, but to finish this strong, to finish solo second, is one of the greatest things God could have given me,” Jones said.

The Titans, with three of the top four spots, won their eighth consecutive district team title.

“Winning it this year was big because I felt responsible as a senior to do my part in order to win again,” Henry said. “I realized on the first tee this would probably be my last (round) until state in a Titans uniform. I wanted to make sure I played my heart out.”

Lobis, too, is proud of the Union colors.

“Being able to represent my school and win a district title for my school, really, it means everything to me,” he said.

Willy Yeh tees off in a playoff at the Class 3A district boys golf tournament Tuesday at Tri-Mountain Golf Course. Yeh, a freshman from Mountain View, won the title on the first playoff hole. Photo by Paul Valencia
Willy Yeh tees off in a playoff at the Class 3A district boys golf tournament Tuesday at Tri-Mountain Golf Course. Yeh, a freshman from Mountain View, won the title on the first playoff hole. Photo by Paul Valencia
WIlly Yeh
WIlly Yeh

In the 3A tourney, Yeh fired a 4-under-par 68 to rally into a tie for first place with Mountain View teammate Graham Moody and Prairie’s Dante Heitschmidt. Yeh then won with a par on the first playoff hole.

“Being the underdog in this tournament was my big advantage,” Yeh said. “I knew I still had a chance no matter what. Never giving up was the biggest key for me winning.”

With two in the top three, the Thunder claimed the team title.

Yeh was behind after recording a first-round 77. Then came the magical round of 68 on Tuesday.

“I guess it’s a combination of putting and taking advantage of the good shots,” Yeh said. “Just a good game overall.”

The top three 3A golfers qualified directly to state – meaning all three in the playoff will advance.

Yeh is already thinking about the spring.

“I feel more motivated than ever now to keep improving,” Yeh said. “Now that I’ve proven to myself I can do this, it’s important not to look back and just keep pushing forward.”

Class 4A District 4

Boys Golf Tournament

At Tri-Mountain Golf Course

Team champion: Union

Individual champion: Keith Lobis, Union 71-71 — 142

Also qualifying directly to state: Tyler Jones, Skyview 74-71 — 145; Dylan Henry, Union, 74-72 — 146, and Reece Boyce, Union, 72-75 — 147.

Class 3A District 4

Boys Golf Tournament

At Tri-Mountain Golf Course

Team champion: Mountain View

Individual champion: Willy Yeh, Mountain View 77-68 –145 (Won in a playoff)

Also qualifying directly to state: Dante Heitschmidt, Prairie, 75-70 — 145 and Graham Moody, Mountain View 73-72 — 145

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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