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Strade and Paullus lead Lions girls' golf in The Dalles

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Junior and sophomore shoot respective 118 and 153, St. Helens turns in 581 in modified stroke play on Tuesday

     -     Peyton Strade and Emme Paullus led the Lions in their season opener on Tuesday at The Dalles Country Club.

The junior and sophomore shot a respective 118 and 153 as the Lions turned in a 581 in modified stroke play, in which points received for good results on each hole are greater than those withdrawn for missed shots.

"The weather held out for the first nine holes and then really started to rain and get windy, which made the conditions difficult and just miserable," St. Helens coach Jared Phillips said. "Two rookie golfers, [sophomore] Teagan Fischer and [junior] Kaylee Wegner, did a great job for their first competitive match. Since we haven't had much on course time as a result of bad weather, the first couple of weeks to our season was truly trial by fire for those two. I was proud of how they continued to compete and not get frustrated."

The Lions are scheduled to enter their first Northwest Oregon Conference meet of the year at 1 p.m. on March 21 at Greenlea Golf Course in Boring.

"I look forward to getting our other rookie golfers some experience in competitive play on the golf course," Phillips said. "We will be able to use a modified Stableford scoring system, ... and there will certainly be a renewed emphasis on the short game as a team. Putting and chipping well will help us dramatically reduce scores, and that is all about technique and repetitions."