Three full local teams and single Wallowa/Joseph girls’ golfer Claire Wellens competed at a Small Schools Invitational held Friday, April 4, at the Pendleton Country Club.

Among a total of six full boys’ teams and two complete girls’ teams competing at the event, Enterprise claimed two second places and the Wallowa/Joseph boys’ unit a fourth place.

Leading all local golfers in the boys’ tourney only one and two strokes behind golfers from team champion Heppner was EHS senior Cody Hopkins. Hopkins shot an 18-hole round of 85 strokes, which paced his team that, among its top four scorers, notched a 402-stroke team score. Other golfers on that team were Damon Greenshields (101), Cody Irish (103), Christian Ruckdashel (113), plus the golfer whose effort did not tally into the team score, Rocky Davidson who shot a 123.

Wallowa/Joseph finished fourth as a team, led by junior golfer Karl Wellens. Wellens accounted for 88 of the WHS/JHS team total of 410 strokes. Others contributing to that team total were Alex Coutant, who shot 101 strokes, Kai Oliver with 107 strokes, and Sal Mendez with an 18-hole composite score of 114. The fifth Cougars golfer whose score did not count Friday for Coach Marvin Gibbs’ team was Christopher Warnock. Warnock shot a 115.

In the boys’ meet, Heppner’s team took 352 strokes, Enterprise 402, Cove 405, Wallowa 410, Grant Union 458, and Echo/Stanfield 515. On the course with not enough golfers to record a team score were boys from Nixyaawii.

Heppner also won the girls’ competition with a team score of 419 strokes compared to 449 strokes for EHS.

Outlaw Carsen Sajonia recorded four pars and narrowly missed claiming the individual girls’ title last Friday. Only besting the Enterprise junior was Blake Greenup of Heppner who took 92 shots to circle the par 72 course, two strokes better than Sajonia. Teammates of Sajonia who contributed to Coach Mike Crawford’s team effort were Hayley Riggs (104), McKenna Miller (112), Stephanie Christman (139), and fifth golfer Emma Hall, (153).

Competing in her first-ever high school golf tournament was Wal/Jos freshman Claire Wellens. Gibbs gave her plaudits for shooting a 133.

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