I wrote about the St. Mary’s boys golf team for today’s paper, heralding the 294 it shot at Centennial Golf Club Wednesday. The story suggested not many local teams had gone so low in recent years, and the most likely candidates would have been Phoenix teams that finished among the top two in the state the Class 4A level from 2006-08. A quick note to Pirates coach Kyle Walker confirmed it.
There is not bank of data for regular-season golf records. There are state tournament records available, but that’s it. Individual schools might keep records, might keep partial records or might not keep any records.
For that reason, I didn’t research it much and didn’t make any blanket declarations that Phoenix or St. Mary’s were the only ones to go so low. But I did forget about the North Medford teams that were led by Mike Barry and Adam Brown, circa 2004-05. The teams included Dave Mayer, Mark Wilson and Chris Oetinger, and went sub-300 a whopping five times in 2004. The Black Tornado shot 291 at Running Y and 296 in the state tournament at Trysting Tree in Corvallis, placing third.
A year later, North Medford shot a 288 at Running Y, led by Barry’s 64.
Much earlier, Medford won four straight state titles from 1979-82, shooting a two-round 599 in ‘82 and a 600 in ‘80.
But the best local team had to be the 1967 Black Tornado. It set the state record for score in relation to par (13 under), shooting a 579 at Glendoveer East in Portland. That course was a par 74 at the time.
I did a story about that eight years ago, after a studly Tualatin team was celebrated for having posted the lowest score in state-tournament history (568) at Trysting Tree. The relation-to-par issue was brought to my attention then, as Tualatin was “only” 8 under on the par-72 layout. Because of input from players on that ’67 team, the OSAA now recognizes scores as they relate to par in its record keeping.