Camas boys golfers look to get even

Wednesday's four-team challenge brings Union, Skyview and Ilwaco to Camas Meadows

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Braeden Campbell watches his tee shot sail over the wetlands that surround the Camas Meadows golf course. The Union Titans defeated the Camas Papermakers by one stroke Thursday, 150-151.

What a way to reinvigorate the Camas and Union high school sports rivalry.

Braeden Campbell and Brian Humphreys delivered back-to-back birdie putts for the Papermakers on the fifth hole Thursday at Camas Meadows, but the Titans walked off the golf course with the team victory in hand by one stroke.

“This would have been a good match to win,” said Camas head coach Ed Givens. “We had it for awhile. We just let it slip away.”

Campbell led Camas with an even par round of 36. Humphreys followed with a 37, and Brett Ball and David Wright both shot a 39. Eddie Abellar earned a 37 for Union, Ian Spicer added a 38 and Tyler Copp rolled in a 39. Will Kellogg, the sixth golfer on the team, tipped the scale in favor of the Titans by shooting a 36. The final score was Union 150, Camas 151.

“It just didn’t happen today,” Campbell said. “One or two shots better by all of us would have made the difference.”

The Papermakers are looking to bounce back Wednesday, when they host a four team challenge against Union, Skyview and Ilwaco at Camas Meadows. Players begin teeing off at 1:30 p.m.

“It’s a good opportunity to see what we can do against three big teams on our course,” Campbell said. “We’d like to get one back from Union. Ilwaco has won everything, including state last year. To be able to catch them would be a good confidence booster for our team.”

The Papermakers defeated Skyview and Fort Vancouver Sept. 18, at Camas Meadows. Humphreys had a 3-under round of 33, Campbell chipped in a 37, Ball added a 40, and Eugene Hsu and Wright both finished with a 42.