West Linn girls golfers roll to victory at Oswego Lake
It was back to work for the Three Rivers League's best girls golfers this week.
The TRL's best, after a week off for spring break, stepped back into league play on Monday, competing under cool, cloud-strewn skies at Oswego Lake Country Club. And nobody worked it better than the West Linn girls team.
At tournament's end, the Lions walked away with top honors for the second straight time in the young 2018 season, shooting 337 to beat second-place Lake Oswego's 363.
"I was proud of all of our girls," said West Linn coach Bob Turnquist. "(Oswego Lake) is a tough course with tough greens and I think we learned a lot about what we need to focus on for the future."
The complete team scoring was: West Linn 337, Lake Oswego 363, St. Mary's 385, Tigard 430, Sherwood 452, Tualatin 476, Newberg 520, Lakeridge inc., Canby inc.
The Lions were led Monday by the efforts of sophomore Olivia Venderby and senior Avery Gill, who both shot 82 to tie for the fourth-best score of the day. Medalist honors in the tournament went to Lake Oswego senior Delaney Talovic, who fired a 4-over-par 76 to tie Tigard senior Victoria Gailey for top honors. Lake Oswego senior Tya Seth shot an 80 for the third-best score of the day.
The rest of the Lions' varsity was solid, too, with senior Katie Williams carding the seventh-best round of the day at 86, while sophomore Brady Turnquist and freshman Sydney Marshall tied for eighth, each at 87.
Looking at the tournament as a whole, Bob Turnquist saw reasons for optimism, but also areas where his team still needs to improve.
"I was happy with the victory, but disappointed with some of the errors in our short game," he said. "We are focused on a common goal and need to spend the next four weeks getting much better. We are excited about the rest of the season."
The day's top 10 was rounded out by Sherwood's Ally Plusquellec in ninth at 95 and St. Mary's Karli Mink in 10th at 96.
Top finishers from the league's other teams were: Lakeridge's Maddie Baker at 100; Tualatin's Haley Barnard at 110; Canby's Hannah Hughes at 118; and Newberg's Becca Palmer at 125.
Next week, the Lions return to TRL action with a match at Canby's Willamette Valley Country Club at noon Tuesday, April 10.