Boys’ golf goes on a four-tournament winning streak


(From left) Sophomore Brock Rice, juniors Chris Kappes, Ben Stickney, and Henry Green bite their medals after winning at Bandon Dunes golf resort on April 5.

After winning its third PIL tournament of the season, boys’ golf is not only the top team in the league but is also on a four-tournament winning streak and is looking to continue to dominate the competition.

Boys’ golf started off its season by placing third in its first two tournaments at Willamette Valley Country Club and Portland Golf Club on March 16 and 30. But the team improved its record by winning at Bandon Dunes, Heron Lakes (Great Blue course), Rose City, and Heron Lakes (Greenback) on April 5, 6, 14, and 17. In addition to the team wins, individual players have also placed well.

Junior Ben Stickney began the season by winning individually at the Willamette Valley invitational tournament. He finished the tournament with a 70 (-2). “I’m really happy with how the team has done so far,” Stickney said. “Our returning players are trying much harder to make varsity and play their best this season.”

Two other players who have made big impacts on the team are sophomore Jonah Pemberton and junior Chris Kappes. Pemberton was Lincoln’s best player at Great Blue and Rose City, scoring 76 (+4) at both tournaments. Kappes scored the lowest round of the season with a 68 (-4) at Greenback.

Not only does this success promise improvement in players’ games, but also more spots in state. With the #1 spot in the PIL, the team will most likely have more players in state competition compared with the 2014 season in which Stickney was Lincoln’s only representative. “I am extremely proud of how the team is doing so far this year,” coach Jeff Kraght said. “Things are looking very bright for the future of the Lincoln boys’ golf team and I’m excited to see what it holds for us.”

The team’s next tournament is at Eastmoreland Golf Club on April 23 at 1 p.m.