Hanford Champion
Year: 2007
Team: Golf (Boys)
Name: First "Team" State Chamionship in Boys Golf
STATE CHAMPION
Hanford senior Alex Moore sank a 55-foot downhill putt for eagle on the second hole of a three-way playoff Wednesday to win the 3A state boys golf championship at Homestead Farms Golf Course.

Moore fired a 5-under 67 on the second day of the 36-hole tournament to finish at 2-under 142 and tie first-round leaders Jens Bracht of Shorecrest and Matt Rawitzer of Squalicum.

Moore's individual title helped lead the Falcons to their first state championship, edging O'Dea by three points, 83.5-80.5.

"That's as good as it gets," said Moore, who will play for Oregon State University next fall. "We finished third my sophomore year and second last year, so to get the monkey off our back as a team was the most exciting thing for me."

Moore started the day four shots back of the leaders but had six birdies and a bogey during his round.

In the playoff, he saved par on the first hole after driving into the water on the par-5 18th, while both Bracht and Rawitzer missed birdie tries.

He reached the green in two on the second playoff hole, as did Bracht. Rawitzer laid up, then hit a wedge to within 3 feet. Bracht's eagle putt nestled to within 4 feet.

"Mine was a tough putt," Moore said. "I'm just wanting to lag it close so I could tap in for birdie and put the pressure on them.

"I knew it was a good putt right off the bat. When it got to the top of the ridge, I thought it was really good, and when it was halfway down, I put my hands in the air."

Southridge's Johnathan Lumper shot a final-round 74 and finished tied for fifth at 147, five shots behind Moore.

Hanford had two other golfers make the cut -- Alex Cantu tied for 18th at 152 after a final-round 77, and Matt Baide shot 75-79-154.