Century sophomore earns individual berth to state tourney
Raksa Nhoung survives a tough round to finish third at the district tournament
With Tualatin senior Hayley Mortensen and Forest Grove senior Hannah Swanson battling for individual medalist honors at Tuesdays Pacific Conference girls golf district tournament, Century sophomore Raksa Nhoung quietly slid into third place and earned her second straight individual bid to the Class 6A state championships.
Nhoung fired a 5-over-par 77 on Monday in the first round of the tournament which was held at Forest Hills Golf Course in Cornelius to slot into second place behind Mortensen, but the Century sophomore struggled a bit on Tuesday, shooting an 86 to fall out of the chase for a district title.
Those rounds were good for a two-day score of 163, putting Nhoung a full seven strokes ahead of fourth-place Janelle Decker of Tualatin and earning her a berth to the upcoming state tournament, which will be held next Monday and Tuesday at Emerald Valley Golf & Resort in Creswell.
Mortensen captured individual district medalist honors this year, shooting matching rounds of 75 to finish at 150 for the tournament. She was six shots ahead of Swanson (80-76–156), the reigning district and state champion.
Those two golfers led their teams to the top two spots on the podium as well, with Tualatin finishing in first place overall at 708 and Forest Grove taking second at 777. McMinnville finished third (829), Tigard was fourth (859) and Glencoe was fifth (925). Century, Hilhi and Newberg did not field full teams.
Nhoung was the only golfer representing Century at districts, and she will be the only Jaguar at the state tournament for the second straight year. Last spring, as a freshman, Nhoung tied for 40th place at state with rounds of 96 and 89 for a two-day score of 185.
Glencoes top two finishers at districts were Kaitlyn Kirwan and Becca Collins, who finished 12th and 13th, respectively. Kirwan shot a 112 on Monday but bounced back with a 97 on Tuesday to finish at 209, while Collins posted rounds of 107 and 105 to slot three strokes behind her teammate at 212.
Caroline Smith (20th, 126-105–231) and Jocelyn Hanan (24th, 126-147–273) were Glencoes other competitors at the district tournament.