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Cougar's Tyler Olson will test herself against the best in the state during state tournament action

Early on, it looked like the Canby High girls golf team was going to be young, inexperienced and lacking in varsity performers. But coach Terry Bailey saw some potential in the new faces on the squad, along with lone returning varsity performer Tyler Olson. "There was one point before the season started that I thought I might only have one girl (Olson) playing on varsity," Bailey said. "The more I watched these young players and the fact they never missed practice, I thought 'Why not let the play varsity and gain experience for next season.' We talked and they wanted to play." COURTESY PHOTO: TERRY BAILEY - Canby's Tyler Olson had a good regional tournament and now looks toward the girls class 6A state tournament, an event that hasn't been held the past two years. The season got off to a slow start as the new faces found their legs at the varsity level. Bailey said that Olson was "the rock" for the team and provided valuable leadership. Learning the game wasn't the only issue the team faced. "I must say it was the worst season in my coaching history weather-wise," Bailey said. "Seriously, we had a match that was cancelled due to snow. However, through it all, Tyler Olson played well and proved why she is out No. 1 girl. Grace English, Gracie Carter, Jazmin Diaz and Sydney McRobbie continued to improve. We were able to keep that fourth-place spot going into district." The Cougars went into the two-day district tournament in fourth place and managed to hang onto the spot, getting a seasons-best score of 79 from Olson the first day. On day two, with water coming down in sheets the whole day, the Cougars fought through it and won the fourth spot outright to the regional tournament. At the regional tournament, Olson was able to berth to the state tournament, while Gracie Carter had a 107 for a season's best. "She (Olson) has worked hard for this and with no state the last two years, it is a great feeling for her to finally get this opportunity to play at state," Bailey said. "I'm so proud of this team and the things they endured this season. Canby has a girl going to state for the first time in a long time and hopefully she can be in the top 10 when all is said and done." The 6A state tournament will be held May 16-17 at Emerald Valley Golf and Resort in Creswell.

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