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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Luke Gerchak paces Wolves, finishes second overall at Tuesday home match


April 11, 2018

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Junior Luke Gerchak lines up a shot during Tuesday's home match at the Goldendale Golf Course. Gerchak finished second overall on Tuesday and during Monday's Hood River Valley High School Invitational.

What started out as a cloudy, damp day on the Goldendale Golf Course turned into a sunny afternoon during Goldendale's first of two South Central Athletic Conference home matches.

Cle Elum and College Place joined the Timberwolves on Tuesday as it looked like the weather was going for a repeat performance from last year's only home meet, but the rain held off with only moderate winds.

Junior Luke Gerchak paced the Timberwolves after shooting an 84 over 18 holes on Goldendale's par-72 course, finishing second overall to just Cle Elum's Chase Marquette who finished with a 78.

The only other Goldendale returner from last season along with Gerchak, junior Logan Quantrall, followed with a 112 in one of his best rounds so far this season.

Freshman Jasper Randall shot a 121, sophomore Andrew Ihrig closed out the day with a 134, junior Riley Seaver finished with 138 strokes, and freshman Dane O'Leary rounded out the Goldendale boys with a 142.

Freshmen Josie Quantrall a Shelby Gilman were back on the course after a short time off, with Quantrall shooting an 18-hole total of 148 and Gilman a 165.

On Tuesday, the boys were playing in their second match in as many days after Monday's Hood River Valley High School Invite across the river in Oregon where Gerchak took second overall with his 18-hole total of 86.

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Freshman Josie Quantrall hits out of the sand trap on Tuesday. Quantrall and freshman Shelby Gilman are the only girls golfing this season for the Wolves.

As a sophomore, Gerchak advanced to the second day and finished the two-day tournament in a three-way tie for 26th place with a 167. Gerchak was the fourth highest finishing golfer from the SCAC, and should be right back there later this year.

With Gerchak leading the way in Hood River, Quantrall followed with a 116 after a 56 on the front and 60 on the back nine holes. Randall finished the day with a 134, Ihrig shot a 139, and Seaver was next with his 18-hole total of 146.

Goldendale has a pair of road matches next week starting with Tuesday's long trip up to Royal City. Goldendale will join the Knights and Zillah Leopards with tee time at 1 p.m.

They head back across the river on Friday, April 20 for a 10 a.m. tournament in Arlington, Oregon.


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