Hood River Valley boys golf coach Bill DeBorde didn’t expect his team to win the district title when they traveled to Bend Golf and Country Club Monday and Tuesday.
But, at the same time, DeBorde did expect that his guys would compete for the “second division” title along with Pendleton and Crook County.
In the end, HRV had to settle for fifth place — second behind Pendleton in the second division. But if you ask DeBorde or the members of his team for their assessment of the 2003 district tournament, they are likely to say they were only “pretty good.”
“We played pretty well, but we could have done better,” said DeBorde, whose team shot a two-day score of 680 (346-334) to finish eight strokes behind Pendleton (344-328-672).
“We had three guys shoot 84 on the first day, which didn’t help. If we had shot the way we have been lately, we would have probably finished fourth,” he said.
Bend High won the tournament with a stellar 602, and was followed by Summit at 620 and Redmond at 630. Pendleton and HRV were next, while Crook County (690), Mountain View (693) and Hermiston (805) rounded out the field.
Sophomore Herbie Annala shot the low score for the Eagles, posting a 77 on day two to salvage a two-day score of 161. Senior Jake Morgan was second with a 163 (84-79), and junior Jimmy Woodruff was third with a 173 (84-89).
Junior Chris Perry (94-89-183) and sophomore Alex Bryan (100-102-202) completed HRV’s district showing, and in the end, DeBorde was very pleased with what he saw.
“Herbie was a real trooper,” DeBorde said. “He was feeling ill on day one, and I thought he may have to withdraw. But he just kept plugging away and wound up with the low score for the team.
“I know that Jimmy and Jake would have liked to shoot a little better. Neither player wanted to shoot an 84 on day one, but I was proud of them for sticking with it,” he said.
DeBorde also spoke about Perry’s consistency and Bryan’s steady improvement throughout the season. He hopes to coach each of the four underclassmen next year, but doesn’t yet know what will happen.
“I would hope that we would have a team next year, but our status is up in the air,” he said. “The guys would like to know as well so they have something to shoot for next year. But we’ll see.”
Morgan is the lone graduating senior from the 2003 squad, and he finished his high-school career on a positive note, shooting a solid round of 79 on day two at districts.