Everyone's under par in Sheldon's district win.
BLUE RIVER - Sheldon sophomore Philip Bagdade sank a birdie putt on the 18th hole, pumped his fist and quietly motioned toward his teammates waiting on the edge of the green.
It was a muted celebration on a record-setting day for the Irish, who hope to officially acknowledge their achievement next week.
Bagdade birdied three of the final four holes Tuesday to card a 5-under 67 and claim medalist honors at the Midwestern League district boys golf tournament at Tokatee Golf Club, leading Sheldon to its fourth consecutive championship.
` `Ecstatic' would be an understatement," said Bagdade, who finished at 8-under 136. "This is something I've had my eyes on for a long time. Years and years of hard work have paid off. It's a good feeling."
All four of Sheldon's golfers shot below par Tuesday as the Irish carded a final-round total of 14-under 274.
That is believed to be an 18-hole state record, eclipsing the 277 shot by Tualatin at state in 2004.
"It's a magical day," Sheldon coach Todd O'Neal said. "They're starting to understand what it takes, and they're finding ways to get the ball in the hole."
The Irish hope to continue that trend next week as they defend their OSAA Class 4A title at the OGA Golf Course in Woodburn.
"We're really good," said sophomore Nic Polski, who shot a 2-under 70 in the final round to finish at 1-over 145. "We'll win state as long as we play decent."
Sheldon senior Tevor Moffitt and junior Jack Dukeminier tied for second at 6-under 138.
Dukeminier said the Irish's competitive nature against each other pushes them to be better.
"You want (teammates) to go low, but you want to go lower," Dukeminier said. "Even in practice, we're always trying to one-up each other."
That mentality aided Bagdade, who was trailing his teammates through 14 holes Tuesday before making his late push.
"Last year, Phil focused on watching other players instead of realizing what he could do," O'Neal said. "He now actually believes he's one of the best."
Kyle Crawford and Ryan Danielson tied for fifth at 1-under 143 to lead Marshfield to second place at 581.
South Eugene's Alex Gruber, the league's lone individual state qualifier, carded a 5-under 139 to place fourth.
Marist shot its best round of the season to win the Sky-Em League boys district title.
Allen Kelley shot an even-par 72 and Robbie Pitts added a 73 to lead the Spartans to a final-round total of 298.
Marist finished at 602 for the tournament - 20 shots ahead of second-place Siuslaw - and should be a contender for the Class 3A title next week.
"We got the two trophies we're looking for," Marist coach Ryan Baker said, referring to the league's regular-season and tournament championships. "Now we're looking for the third one."
Siuslaw's Jesse Schutte claimed his fourth consecutive district title at 8-under 136.
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|Title Annotation:||Sports; The Irish shoot 14-under 274, believed to be a state record, to win the Midwestern title|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||May 10, 2006|
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