Clackamas girls' golf dominates two-day Mt. Hood district tourney
The Clackamas Cavaliers flexed some muscle in running away with the team title after Tuesday's final round of the two-day Mt. Hood Conference girls' golf championships at Glendoveer-East Golf Course.
Central Catholic's Elise Deschaine fired a round of even-par 73 to lock up medalist honors at 1-over 147, but it was all Clackamas after that as Madison Cooley, Kristin Senatra, Hannah Lim and Katherine Ziska, respectively, nailed down the next four spots on the leaderboard.
Cooley closed with a 4-over 77 to finish at 157, Senatra had an 80 to finish at 158, and Lim matched Deschaine for the low round of the tournament with a 73 Tuesday to finish at 159.
Throw in Ziska's final-round 87 for a two-total of 170 and the Cavaliers finished with a winning team score of 644 to runner-up Central Catholic's 734, clinching the league's automatic berth into the May 14-15 OSAA Class 6A state championships at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis.
"We've all been working so hard all season long," Senatra said. "I'm just so proud of everybody for how hard we've worked and how far we've come as a team. And it's always a team effort."
The Cavaliers took most of the suspense out of team race after Monday's opening round when they jumped out to a 37-stroke advantage, 327-364, over Central Catholic, while David Douglas was another 67 shots back.
Tuesday's round was more of the same -- total team domination.
"I was really happy with the way the girls played over the two days," Cavaliers coach Joe Bushman said. "I mean, look at our scores -- 157, 158, 159 … that's impressive.
"I think what's pretty special about our group is we have four girls who can play and you don't know which one day in and day out is going to shoot the best score. They're all four capable, and if we continue to play like we have over the last couple of days, we'll be one of the contenders down in Corvallis in two weeks, no doubt."
Clackamas' girls have been to the state tournament each of the past four seasons, finishing ninth in 2014, seventh in 2015 and 2016, and sixth a year ago.
This team is looking to bring home a trophy with a top-four finish.
"We've made steady improvement all year, which as a coach is all you can ask for," Bushman said. "I've been doing this for four years now and every year we've gotten a little bit better. This is, I think, top to bottom, one of our best teams."
The Cavaliers also have a potential wild card in sophomore Paige Vancil, who shot an 88 Tuesday and has a chance to figure in the team scoring at Trysting Tree.
"We've just got to go down to state and play loose and have fun," Bushman said. "We've got nothing to lose down there."