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Grady Millar wins third straight title as Mountain View dominates 3A district boys golf tournament

Thunder sweep the top five places at Heron Lakes

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: October 11, 2023, 10:02pm
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Grady Millar of Mountain View tees off on the No. 10 tee at Heron Lakes Golf Club Great Blue course at the Class 3A boys golf district tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023.
Grady Millar of Mountain View tees off on the No. 10 tee at Heron Lakes Golf Club Great Blue course at the Class 3A boys golf district tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Tim Martinez/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

PORTLAND — While the Class 4A golfers had to deal with downpours on Tuesday at the District 4 boys golf district tournament, the 3A golfers had to deal with two days of Thunder.

The Mountain View Thunder dominated play for two rounds at Heron Lakes Golf Club’s Great Blue course, sweeping the top five positions on their way to claiming another team title.

And leading the way for a third consecutive season was Grady Millar. The junior shot a 3-under-par 69 to finish with a 36-hole total of 137.

“I played really well,” Millar said. “I chipped really well, which made me not make many mistakes out there, not many bogeys.”

Miller finished with a flurry, chipping in a shot from the fringe on No. 18 for a birdie.

“18, I birdied that one both days,” Millar said. “That’s a pretty tough hole, so I was a happy to birdie that one both days.”

Millar also chipped in a shot on No. 5 on Tuesday from 80 yards out for an eagle.

“I just got new irons last week,” he said. “I played really well with them. The course was in really good shape for how much it rained yesterday.”

Millar said he just finished his round on Tuesday when the heavy rains started. Those rains who cause the 4A tournament to be shortened to 13 holes on Tuesday.

“We were lucky,” he said. “We finished (on No. 18) and had to run to the tent because it just started to rain.”

It was the only thing that could dampen spirits over the two days at Heron Lakes for the Thunder.

Mountain View’s Alex Rigby also shot a 69 on Wednesday to finish with an even-par 144. He was followed by teammates Spencer Moody (155), Reese Barner (158) and Braden Kendrick (162) as the Thunder swept the top five places. Mountain View easily outdistanced Prairie 590-731 for the team title, Kelso was third at 740.

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