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Girls golf: Kaitlyn Howe, Audrey Chames power Wilsonville past Liberty at Chehalem Glenn

The freshman medalist and the junior runner-up help the Wildcats defeat the defending league champion for the first time this season.


by: JEFF GOODMAN / PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Wilsonville freshman Kaitlyn Howe earned medalist honors April 15 at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course in Newberg with 62 points in the modified Stableford scoring system. Above, Howe tees off April 8 at Stone Creek Golf Course in Oregon City.The afternoon couldn’t have gone much better for the Wilsonville girls golf team.

Standout freshman Kaitlyn Howe won medalist honors for the first time in her high school career, junior Audrey Chames took second place and the Wildcats defeated defending league champion Liberty for the first time this season April 15 at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course in Newberg.

Wilsonville tallied 193 points in the modified Stableford scoring system — its best total at Chehalem Glenn under coach Mike Nichols — to finish comfortably ahead of the Falcons (159).

The momentous win pulled the Wildcats within two points of first-place Liberty in the Northwest Oregon Conference standings.

Howe climbed to the top of the individual leaderboard with a season-best 62 points after placing in the top four in Wilsonville’s three previous tournaments. She carded a 57 for fourth place March 17 at Sah-Hah-Lee Golf Course in Clackamas, took third April 1 with a 52 at Broadmoor Golf Course in Portland and came through with 55 for third April 8 at Stone Creek Golf Course in Oregon City.

Howe did not record any birdies but finished with the best score of the afternoon with a steady stream of even-par holes to go along with a few bogies.

Chames scored two birdies to earn runner-up honors with a season-high 61 points, her best round since last year’s district tournament.

In a tournament that began on the back nine, Chames notched her first birdie of the afternoon on the par-4, 268-yard 15th hole by sinking a 35-foot putt on an incline with a strong left-to-right break.

She logged her second birdie on the par-3, 160-yard 5th hole, where she came within a few inches of a hole in one.

“The ball just needed to roll two more rotations,” Nichols said.

Howe and Chames combined for 123 points, the most by any of Wilsonville’s top two golfers in Nichols’ tenure.

But they had plenty of help in surpassing 154 points — Wilsonville’s previous best at Chehalem Glenn under Nichols — and topping Liberty for the tournament title.

Kara Gilbert continued making steady progress as she recovers from an ankle injury that kept her out of the 2014 opener, posting a season-best 40 points after carding 25 at Broadmoor and 33 at Stone Creek. It was the junior’s best-ever score at on the Newberg course. 

Megan Stites also assisted the Wildcats with 30 points, her career-best total at Chehalem Glenn.

Wilsonville’s season continues with tournaments April 22 at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks and April 29 at Charbonneau Golf Club in Wilsonville.

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AT A GLANCE

April 15 at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course (Newberg)

Team scores: 1. Wilsonville, 193; 2. Liberty, 159; 3. Sandy, 148; 4. Sherwood, 129; 5. St. Helens, 29.

Individual leaders: 1. Kaitlyn Howe (Wilsonvnille), 62; 2. Audrey Chames (Wilsonville), 61; 3. Stephanie Miller (Liberty), 59; 4. McKenzie Oster (Liberty), 55.

WILSONVILLE GIRLS GOLF 2014

March 17 at Sah-Hah-Lee: 197 (2nd of 6)

April 1 at Broadmoor: 158 (2nd of 5)

April 8 at Stone Creek: 173 (2nd of 5)

April 15 at Chehalem Glenn: 193 (1st of 5)



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