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Mountain View’s Grady Millar posts 8-under 63 to win Prairie Invitational golf tournament

Six golfers break par as Camas tops Mountain View for team title

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
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Mountain View's Grady Millar tees off on the No. 16 holes at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland. Millar won the Prairie Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022.
Mountain View's Grady Millar tees off on the No. 16 holes at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland. Millar won the Prairie Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Tim Martinez/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

PORTLAND – Prairie coach Paul Shapard was regretting not making things a little tougher on golfers at the Prairie Invitational at Glendoveer Golf Course.

High school golfers from Southwest Washington tore up the course in Northeast Portland on Wednesday.

“I should have had them play from the blue (longer) tees,” Shapard said. “Playing from the whites (shorter) is sort of standard thing for high school golf. But we played here earlier this year, and I thought there could be some low scores today. Still, some of these scores today are phenomenal. I mean, 8-under-par? Are you kidding me?”

That 8-under-par 63 was carded by Mountain View’s Grady Millar, who took medalist honors at the Prairie Invite by three shots. And that wasn’t even a perfect round for Millar.

“Yes, I did get a bogey on 18,” Millar said. “The course played decently easy. There were a few holes that got a little tricky if you hit into the trees or into the water. But overall, it was a solid round for me.”

Millar was in a foursome that included Woodland’s Dane Huddleston, Camas’ Eli Huntington and Prairie Jack Dalberg. Huddleston and Huntington followed Millar with 3-under 66s, with Huddleston earning second-place overall on a tiebreaker.  Dalberg shot an even-par 71.

“It was a lot of fun playing with those guys,” Millar said. “We were having a great time today. We really enjoyed playing together.”

Altogether, there were six players who broke par for 18 holes, including Camas’ Evan Chen (67), Seton Catholic’s Jacob Parker (67) and Hockinson’s Grant Gumringer (70).

The team competition was equally spirited with Camas taking first place with a score of 287. Mountain View, which was missing another top player in Alex Rigby on Wednesday, still managed to edge out Columbia River for second place 292-295.

The Prairie Invitational has been held for years at The Cedars on Salmon Creek. But with that course closing last year and limited tee times on other Clark County courses, the tournament relocated to Portland this fall.

Grady Millar of Mountain View swings out of his hat on the No. 15 tee at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland during the Prairie Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022.
Grady Millar of Mountain View swings out of his hat on the No. 15 tee at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland during the Prairie Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Tim Martinez/The Columbian) Photo
Union's Laredo Maldonado sizes up a putt on the No. 13 hole at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland during the Prairie Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022.
Union's Laredo Maldonado sizes up a putt on the No. 13 hole at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland during the Prairie Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Tim Martinez/The Columbian) Photo
Eli Huntington of Camas tees off on the No. 18 hole at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland during the Prairie Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022.
Eli Huntington of Camas tees off on the No. 18 hole at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland during the Prairie Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Tim Martinez/The Columbian) Photo
Jack Dalberg of Prairie tees off on No. 18 hole at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland during the Prairie Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022.
Jack Dalberg of Prairie tees off on No. 18 hole at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland during the Prairie Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Tim Martinez/The Columbian) Photo

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