Lockwood becomes first Del Norte golfer to win league title since 2003
There is no better way to finish off the regular season of high school golf than to shoot a season-best round en route to a championship.
Del Norte High freshman Kobie Lockwood accomplished just such a feat in Thursday's Humboldt-Del Norte League tournament at Eureka Municipal Golf Course in Eureka, shooting an even-par 69 to capture the Warriors' first individual league championship since James Haban won the HDN League in 2003.
Lockwood's win gave him a combined placement of 16 in the seven league tournaments. Eureka High's Aaron Russell finished with a combined placement of 27 as the runner-up. Russell's teammate, Logan Olson, ended the season in third place (36).
Russell challenged Lockwood at the Eureka Muni tournament but ultimately came in second, carding a 1-over 70.
The Loggers cruised to the HDN team championship with a combined stroke total of 2,763. McKinleyville High finished in second place at 3,010 strokes, and St. Bernard's Catholic High (3,078) held off Del Norte (3,146) for the No. 3 position.
Lockwood will compete in the California Interscholastic Federation North Coast Section Division I Qualifier on Monday, May 6, for a spot in the NCS Tournament of Champions. The NCS Division I qualifier will take place at Deer Ridge Golf Club in Brentwood, a par-71 course.
Warriors 13th at Phoenix Invitational
Lockwood and three other Warriors shot a combined 389 to finish 13th out of 15 teams at the Phoenix Invitational tournament, held at Centennial Golf Club in Medford, Ore., Wednesday.
Lockwood had the top score among Del Norte golfers for the tournament, shooting a 23-over 95. Kevin Murphy of Rogue River (Ore.) High was the tournament medalist with a 3-under 69.
Also competing for the Warriors were juniors Colin Wakefield (96) and Miguel Pelayo (98) and sophomore Zach Horner (100).
St. Mary's High of Medford claimed the team title with a combined score of 306. Roseburg (Ore.) High took second place (318 strokes), followed by South Medford High (324) and Rogue River (334).
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