Team breaks 400 for first time this year in third-place finish at home tournament

Playing under sunny skies, the Crook County Cowgirls played their best golf of the season en route to a third-place finish at the Meadow Lakes Invitational.

Led by a 93 from Chelsea Shank, the Cowgirls broke 400 for the first time this season, posting a score of LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Chelsea Shank chips and then celebrates as the ball goes in the 14th hole for a birdie. Shank fired a 93, her best round of the year, as the Cowgirls finished third at the four-team Meadow Lakes Invitational.

“They’ve got some potential,” said Head Coach Grant Patterson. “If they all play well at the same time, I think they can be pretty good. I told them I wasn’t going to write poetry for them unless they broke 400 so now I have to do that.”

Maddie Kasberger also had a solid round, posting a score of 96. Kasberger’s round could have been even better as she had two bad holes.

“She played well again,” Patterson said. “She had two 10s and still shot a 96.”

Rounding out the scoring for the Cowgirls were Michaela McGrew (102), and Sierra Smith (106). Caitlin Dalton finished with a round of 108, while McKenzie Thompson (109), Abigail Papke (114), and Miranda Smith (121) also played in the tournament.

“They all played 18 (holes) yesterday, and that was pretty good for them,” Patterson said of the trio who normally play in JV?tournaments.

Led by an even par 72 from medalist Madison Odiorne, the Summit Storm ran away from the field. The Storm fired a round of 307, 38 shots better than second-place Bend’s round of 345.

Mountain View trailed the field, finishing a distant fourth with a round of 450. Ridgeview and Sisters also played in the tournament. However, neither team fielded a complete team so they did not count in the team scoring.

The Cowgirls have a busy week ahead, playing at Redmond’s Juniper Golf Club on Wednesday and at Prineville Golf Club on Thursday. Both tournaments are scheduled to tee off at noon.

Although Patterson believes his team still has room for improvement, he is pleased with what he has seen so far this season.

“They were sound again,” he said. “I applaud their effort. They are working hard and hopefully we can just keep getting better.”

Meadow Lakes Invitational

Thursday, April 10

par 72

Team scores — Summit 307, Bend 345, Crook County 397, Mountain View 450, Ridgeview inc., Sisters inc.

Medalist — Madison Odiorne, Summit, 72.

Crook County (397) — Chelsea Shank 93, Maddie Kasberger 96, Michaela McGrew 102, Sierra Smith 106, Caitlin Dalton 108, McKenzie Thompson 109, Abigail Papke 114, Miranda Smith 121.

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