Tya Seth wins state golf title, leads Lake Oswego to fifth
Before the start of the 2018 girls golf season, Lake Oswego coach Daniel Kirkham sat down with senior Tya Seth and asked her what her goals were for the coming campaign.
Seth, who finished seventh in the Three Rivers League and 11th at state in 2017, told Kirkham that she thought could manage a top-10 finish at state this season.
That wasn't good enough for Kirkham. He was disappointed with Seth. He knew that she had more in her and encouraged her to aim higher. Much higher.
"I was a little disappointed and told her she set the bar too low," Kirkham said. "So we talked it through and we agreed (that) she was going to proceed through the year and her individual goal was to win a state championship."
Turns out, Kirkham was right.
Seth, competing in the 2018 Class 6A girls state golf tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis on Monday and Tuesday, stepped up to make her coach's prediction come true, shooting a 1-under-par 71 on Monday, then duplicating that effort on Tuesday to finish in a first-place tie with Westview sophomore Alexa Udom at 142.
"I am so honored to finish number one," Seth said. "Going out on top was such an amazing feeling. I love my team and it meant everything to me to finish my high school career in such a successful way at state."
In Monday's round, Seth started fast with a 3-under 33 on her front nine before slowing down on the tougher back side with a 38 for her 71, a score that left her one stroke up on Udom and one shot back of Tigard senior Victoria Gailey, the TRL medalist.
Seth was more consistent on Tuesday, going 35-36—71, while Udom notched a 2-under 70 and Gailey fell back to 73 and finished third at 143.
"I'm extremely excited and glad I was able to share that moment with my family, teammates and coaches. It was a great way to end my senior season," said Seth, who will play her college golf next year at Idaho State. "I left a few shots out there, but I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to go out with my team and compete. I played well and am grateful for every moment."
In addition to Seth's success — she became Lake Oswego's second individual champion (joining Amy Beth Simanton who tied for first place back in 2007) — the Lakers were tough as a team, too, shooting 325 on Monday and 329 on Tuesday to finish fifth overall at 654. The top-10 team scoring in the tournament included: Jesuit 603, Westview 612, West Linn 627, Clackamas 647, Lake Oswego 654, Sunset 682, Sprague 703, Roseburg 711, Sheldon 723 and Grants Pass 736.
In addition to Seth's 142, senior Delaney Talovic finished 18th at 76-80—156 in her final match with the Lakers.
"Overall, I'm proud of how I played," Talovic said. "There were some approach shots here and there that could have put me in better positions, and some short putts that I could have made, and maybe some chips that could have been closer, (but) I'm mainly proud of how I kept my attitude and energy levels up throughout the two days."
The team's other varsity contributors included sophomore Megan Woolard (36th at 86-85—171), juniors Katelyn Knox and Libby Elmes (59th at 92-94—186) and sophomore Ellie Yarbrough (61st at 94-93—187).
"I'm so happy for our team's final result (and) I'm excited to see how the younger girls continue to grow from here," Talovic said. "It's been such a great experience being a part of this team for four years. I feel like I've grown so much from who I was and how I played as a freshman, and this tournament reflected that. This was the perfect note to end my high school career on."
"Our team finished strong. We shot our two lowest scores for the year this week," Seth added. "I am so proud of each and every one of my teammates, and we couldn't have done it without our amazing and supportive coaches."
For Lakeridge, freshman Maddie Baker made her first trip to state a success, shooting 80-94—174 to place 43rd as an individual. Baker went 40-40—80 on Monday, then struggled a bit on Tuesday with a 47-47—94.