The Dalles Wahtonka golfer Bailey Ortega shot a career-best 90 to lead the Tribe boy’s golf team to a 10th-place finish Monday at the Wildhorse Invitational in Mission.
From his opening tournament this season where he carded a 107, Ortega has shaved 17 strokes from that original number.
While Ortega is jumping up in the ranks, there are some other names working their magic.
Dakota Green also had a season-best tally of 93, and Nick Glesener matched strides on the links at a 93 as well.
Coby Conlee added a 95 to his record in Monday’s event.
Dylan Fitzgerald displayed improvements as well with a 102.
Smith attributed this upgrade to the competition of 51 players, where two scores were in the 60s and 13 checked in with scores at 79 or lower on the par-72 course.
“I was pleased with their mental attitudes,” Smith said. “They are bringing their scores down. They know where they need to be by the end of the season.”
Two Washington players fought it out for 18 holes and a few tiebreaker holes, but Desales player Ryan Baumgart secured a win over Waitsburg’s Dakota Baker.
Each player ended tournament action at 69 at the top of the standings, and Southridge’s Nick Mandell wound up third with a 71.
Zach Betsole of Hanford, Wash., and Pendleton’s Walker Hoolehan ended up in a deadlock for fifth place at 72.
With Betzsole leading the way, Hanford claimed a tournament title with a 299, 16 strokes better than Southridge High School (315).
Hermiston (319), Desales (320) and Pendleton (325) capped the top-5.
Of the 10-team field, TDW had a 371 for 10th.
TDW hits the links again at 10 a.m. on April 15 for a match at Bend Country Club.