The Thunder and Papermakers also win team titles
RIDGEFIELD — Graham Moody made it back-to-back, and Owen Huntington earned a title more than a year in the making Thursday at Tri-Mountain Golf Course.
Moody of Mountain View birdied four holes on the back-nine to pull away for a 12-shot victory in the Class 3A District 4 boys golf tournament. It was his second consecutive crown.
“I was trying to stick to my gameplan. Didn’t worry too much about what was going on around me,” Moody said. “I got off to kind of a rough start. I was able to put it behind me and finish strong with birdies on the back.”
Later in the day, Huntington of Camas recorded a two-shot victory in the Class 4A tournament. Huntington finished second, in a playoff, in the 2018 district tournament.
Moody and Huntington also led their teams to championships.
Moody fired a 2-under-par 70 on Thursday for a two-day total of 142, topping his Mountain View teammate Willy Yeh by 12 strokes.
“It’s a really cool experience,” Moody said of his second consecutive district crown. Now a junior, he won the state title as a freshman.
Mountain View got the top three finishes. Tyler Klepec placed third. Evergreen’s Russell Fearington took fourth.
The top golfers — individuals and teams — from this tournament qualified for the bi-district tournament in the spring, where they will play for berths into the state tournament.
The Thunder scored 628 as a team to win the two-day event. Prairie was second at 698.
The two tournaments were delayed by frost in the morning. The 4A tournament went almost until dark.
Huntington held off Allen Kim of Skyview for the title. Huntington had a two-stroke lead after a 71 on Wednesday, and both Huntington and Kim finished at even par 72 for Thursday’s round.
Kim pulled to within a stroke on the back-nine Thursday, but Huntington came home with five consecutive pars to hold on to the victory.
Camas took the next three spots — Eli Huntington, Evan Chen, and Caleb Shira.
The Papermakers scored 603 for the two-day tournament. Skyview, at 645, was second.