Enterprise High School is synonymous with quality golf.
The program's history of success - including four state championships during a decade spent in the Top 4 - adheres to its latest team, even though it mostly consists of inexperienced newcomers. Only two boys returned from last year's varsity, but they have led the team's improvement. At back-to-back tournaments, senior Tyler Warner recorded his lowest score of the season. Most recently, May 1 in the Enterprise Invitational, he needed just 82 strokes to complete 18 holes at Alpine Meadows.
"Everybody's a rookie at the beginning," Warner said. "I think it really helped going to a golf clinic. They taught us everything and worked on every part of our game."
In a tight competition at the Invitational, Warner supported the boys' team in their second-place finish. It marked the fourth time this season they had climbed so high. And Enterprise accomplished it at Alpine Meadows, without a pair of varsity regulars. In the place of Seth Jannuzzi and Rasmus Hvidberg, Esteban Davila (on foreign exchange from Ecuador) and freshman Brock Hayes joined Warner and senior Dakota Hull, who won the Invitational's individual medal for the fourth consecutive year. Their combination of 338 strokes ranked just two behind Heppner High School. Enterprise was one under the third-place boys from Echo High.
On the individual charts, Hull recorded the lowest score among boys at the tournament for the fourth time in his four years. He totaled 76 strokes, four over par. On the third hole and the sixth, he collected a pair of birdies by scoring one-under-par. On his final total, Hull beat Chris Lien from Heppner High School by one stroke, while Echo's Colter McCallum scored 78 and settled for third place.
The rest of the Enterprise varsity capitalized of strong finishes. Warner and Hayes both birdied the 15th hole and the 17th. Hayes trimmed 11 strokes from his total of the front nine. And Davila scored birdies on the fifth and the 14th.
"We're about where I expected us," coach Mike Crawford said midway through his 12th season at the helm. "We're continuing to get better every single day."
Meanwhile, Enterprise senior Heather Bruce won the girls' tournament at the Invitational for the third consecutive year. She scored a 75, beating Darcy Ladendorff by 19 strokes. Bruce birdied three holes: the fifth, 14th and 17th.
Next, Enterprise golfers have another week to prepare for the district tournament. They will go May 8 to Pendleton for a meet at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino.