by: JEFF GOODMAN / PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Lilly Pruitt tees off May 7 on the first day of the Three Rivers League girls golf district tournament at Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla. The Canby senior carded an 84-99 (183).MOLALLA — Lilly Pruitt wore sunglasses as she walked onto the first tee at Arrowhead Golf Club for the start of the Three Rivers League championships.

She certainly had a bright day ahead.

The senior shot a career-best round of 84 on a sunny afternoon May 7 to highlight the Canby girls golf team’s performance at the two-day district tournament.

Pruitt and the Cougars took fourth place with 792 strokes, including a season-best round of 378 on the first day of competition, finishing behind league champion West Linn (619), Clackamas (720) and Lake Oswego (742).

“We improved each match through the year,” Canby coach Terry Bailey said. “It was amazing. I’m very proud of what they were able to accomplish.”

Unfortunately for the Cougars, though, they weren’t able to earn any bids to the Class 6A championships for the first time since 2001. The previous 12-year streak of state representation featured nine of the 14 team berths in program history and five top-five OSAA finishes.

Pruitt, who finished with an 84-99 (183), wasn’t able to extend the school’s streak despite qualifying for the state tournament as an individual last year.

Junior teammate Hannah Stobie also came up short of qualifying for the state match, carding a 94-96 (190).

“It was unbelievably close,” Bailey said. “They worked their butt off all season. I really wanted to see them be rewarded.”

Three other upperclassmen rounded out Canby’s lineup. Michaela Reed completed her senior campaign with a 92-109 (201), junior Taylor Jorgensen shot a 108-111 (219) and senior Alyssa Gascho posted a 111-121 (232).

The Cougars engineered their season-best outing on the first day of the tournament after practicing on the course the previous two days. But poor weather conditions negatively affected their scores May 8, when they combined to shoot a 414 — a 36-stroke regression from their total in the opening round.

“Everything was clicking on Wednesday,” Bailey said. “The rain Thursday — it was not any fun.”

West Linn’s Amanda Elich earned medalist honors with a two-day 150. Lions teammate Sarah Archuleta (154), who took second place, was named the TRL player of the year.

West Linn and Clackamas captured the conference’s two team state berths. Lake Oswego’s Cami Dozois and Jessica Lee and Lakeridge’s Sonya Swanson qualified as individuals.



TRL district championships

May 7-8 at Arrowhead Golf Club (Molalla)

Team scores: 1. West Linn (619); 2. Clackamas (720); 3.Lake Oswego (742); 4. Canby (792); 5. Oregon City (863); 6. Lakeridge (887).

Medalist: Amanda Elich, West Linn (150).

Canby: Lilly Pruitt, 84-99 (183); Hannah Stobie, 94-96 (190); Michaela Reed, 92-109 (201); Taylor Jorgensen, 108-111 (219); Alyssa Gascho, 111-121 (232).

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