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Eichten rallies to place 24th at state


The Newberg junior fires a second-round 83 at Emerald Valley to move up nine places

EUGENE — Newberg junior Tori Eichten hasn’t always had the best luck on the opening day of the 6A golf state tournament and her third try last week was no exception.

Eichten opened with a 92 May 26 at Emerald Valley Golf Course, but like she did in her freshman and sophomore seasons, improved on Day 2 to move up the leaderboard.

Matching the stroke improvement she made as a freshman, Eichten dropped nine shots May 27 to shoot up nine places to 24th on the leaderboard thanks to her second-round 83, which was also her best-ever round at the state tournament. Her two-round of total of 175 was 31 strokes over par. by: SETH GORDON - Feeling the flow - Newberg's Tori Eichten putts on hole No. 16 at Emerald Valley Golf Course during the second round of the 6A state tournament May 27 in Eugene. The junior fired an 83, her best-round ever at the state tournament, to finish in 24th at 25-over-par (175).

“I started off pretty poorly, but as things got going I started making more putts and hitting better shots,” Eichten said of her second round. “I used a different putting stroke, a lot shorter, and I was hitting a lot of my first putts closer to the hole and making easy two putts.”

It was also Eichten’s second-best round of the season, trailing only the 80 she posted during a Pacific Conference match at Quail Valley in Banks.

As a freshman, Eichten followed up her opening-round 96 at Trysting Tree Golf Course with an 87 to finish in a tie for 37th at 183 (+39). In her most consistent effort at the state meet to date, she fired rounds of 85 and 84 last year to finish at 25-over-par 169 in a tie for 23rd.

“I was really happy with the season,” Eichten said. “I kind of developed a new swing and I just feel a lot more confident about my game than I used to.”

Eichten is already thinking about next spring, when she will attempt to qualify for state for the fourth consecutive year.

“I hope to play a lot this summer and get ready for next season,” Eichten said. “I plan to play in a few major tournaments, but not a lot.”