Lake Oswego girls win regional golf tournament, state berth
The Lake Oswego and Lakeridge girls golf teams proved their mettle all year long.
So there was no good reason to stop at regionals.
The Lakers won Tuesday's 6A Special District 2 regional tournament at the OGA Golf Course in Tukwila by 30 strokes. In the process, the Lakers secured a berth at the upcoming Class 6A state tournament, set Monday and Tuesday at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis.
"With a single-day qualifier, it always puts me on edge," said Lake Oswego coach Daniel Kirkham. "I was confident we were going to advance, but we had to show up."
And show up they did — big time.
Senior Delaney Talovic came through with a 3-over-par 75 to finish second among individuals in the regional (trailing only Three Rivers League medalist Victoria Gailey and her 5-under-par 67), while fellow senior Tya Seth was close behind in fourth place at 78.
"Tya and Delaney led the charge, both shooting in the 70s," Kirkham said. "Knowing that they are out there performing really helps the others' attitude."
Sophomore Megan Woolard stepped up to post a 93 on Tuesday — the 11th-best round of the tournament — junior Katelyn Knox carded a 99 for 15th overall, and sophomore Ellie Yarbrough shot 103 (though she was later disqualified for hitting from the wrong — in this case, harder — tee box on one hole).
"Megan Woolard had a great round today (with a) 44 on the front nine after a very nice par on No. 7, one of the hardest holes on the course," Kirkham said, adding that Knox's 99 was her second-best round of the year. "I'm really excited with this one as we continue to see her have major improvements."
Now, the Lakers can turn their sights to state and, they hope, a chance for another strong finish. Lake Oswego placed fourth at the 2017 state tournament.
"It's our goal every year to not only make it to state, but to perform well and compete. This year is no different," Kirkham said. "Come Monday, we are going to show up and compete. We have worked all year to get better and I think we are ready to be our best when our best is needed. Our team is excited."
While Lakeridge took just two individuals to the regional tournament, they made sure to get their money's worth.
Freshman Maddie Baker shot an 87 for the sixth-best score of the tournament and the lowest among individual qualifiers.
"(It was) super exciting," said Lakeridge coach Tess Miller. "Very, very proud of this girl."
Her teammate, junior Olivia Ricketts, was solid, too, shooting 94 to tie for 11th place and the final individual berth to state. Ricketts went on to drop a sudden death playoff against Central Catholic's Clarice Wong, but could still celebrate her strong showing.
"Unfortunately, she lost by a stroke but (it was) a very exciting finish" Miller said. "They both battled through some very tough holes and crazy weather. Overall, a stellar day for Pacer golf."
Tigard's girls also qualified for state as a team after shooting 375. Also headed to state as individuals are Tualatin's Hailey Barnard (88), Sherwood's Ally Plusquellec (91) and St. Mary's Halle Richards (91).