PORTLAND - Jack Whealdon was third after the first round of the Eddie Hogan Cup that featured 48 of the top high school golfers from eight Western States and British Columbia. He finished in a tie for ninth place individually in the 36-hole event Sunday at Riverside Gold and Country Club in Portland.
Whealdon helped Team Washington to a fourth place finish in the 12-team prestigious event that began in 1969. Whealdon's scores were a three-under par 69 on Saturday and a 76 on Sunday. His 145 total was one over par for the course. Medalist was Southern California's Patrick Cantlay who fired a round of six-under par 66, one off the course record on Sunday to finish at 136.
Team Washington finished fourth with a score of four-over par. Whealdon and Mukilteo's Reid Martin were the top scorers with 145, Tyler Kato of Seattle shot a 146, and Carl Johnson of Bainbridge Island finished with a 154. The top three scores were used each day to produce the team total. To qualify for Team Washington Whealdon had to earn one of the top four scores in the state during Washington Junior Golf Association competition throughout the summer. Players from all classifications of schools are eligible for WJGA competition.
Oregon I was team champion and Oregon II finished second. Southern California, who had won the previous five Hogan Cup matches, was third. The Cup is named in honor of Eddie Hogan, long-time head golf professional who served from 1939 until his tragic drowning in 1968.
Such well-known professional golfers as Fred Couples, Kirk Triplett and Peter Jacobsen have represented their states and in 1990 a fellow named Tiger Woods won the event. Whealdon is in good company as he heads into his senior season for Ilwaco High School's defending state golf champions.