Enterprise High School's golfers can truthfully say they earned their spots in the state championships.
In order to qualify, senior Heather Bruce as well as the entire boys' team had to overcome brutal weather conditions May 12 - the second day of this district's tournaments in Pendleton. Already a chilly morning, they played through sprinklings of hail, stiff gusts over 40 miles per hour and the accompanying wind chill. They wound up needing more than eight hours to complete Wildhorse Resort & Casino's course.
"It was really, really bad," coach Mike Crawford recalled. "It made the competition a real test of endurance. The wind blew over bags and bent flags. We had to keep pulling everybody off the course."
Bruce captured the girls' title by protecting her insurmountable lead. The first day, she needed only 79 strokes. She parred12 of the 18 holes. Scotti Jo Helmick of Ontario High settled for second place, 10 over Bruce. Though weather dominated the next day, Bruce still bested the competition. She parred five holes and totaled 93 shots. But Helmick shot a 105. For the third year, Bruce posted this district's lowest mark. She advanced to the state tournament for the fourth time.
Meanwhile, Enterprise boys qualified as a team. Combined, they took 734 strokes at the two-day district meet and came in second place, well behind Burns High. Individually, Enterprise senior Dakota Hull passed Burns' Dylan Thompson in the second round for the second-place rank. Hull birdied the 11th hole and the 15th. Teammate Tyler Warner, a senior, eagled the fourth hole. The previous day, Warner birdied the 11th and 15th.
"Everybody with experience played well," Crawford said.
Enterprise also used contributions from this season's newcomers. Rasmus Hvidberg shot a 193 over the two days, and Esteban Davila a 202. Junior Seth Jannuzzi and freshman Brock Hayes split the other varsity spot. The first day, Jannuzzi scored 98 while Hayes managed 106 the following round.
The state tournaments happened May 18 and 19 - the boys at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks, the girls at Eagle Crest in Redmond - too late for this edition of the Chieftain.