Crook County finishes fourth at Special District 1 Championships at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - Sammi Todd plays a shot at a tournament earlier this year. Todd shot rounds of 102-117- 219 at this year's regional tournament. The Crook County Cowgirls finished fourth, one spot away from a state tournament berth, at this week's Special District 1 Golf Championships, which were held Monday and Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.

However, senior Macy Goehring finished fourth individually, punching her ticket to the state championships for the fourth consecutive time.

"I am proud of both Macy and my team," Crook County head coach Sarah Crofcheck said. "Macy going to state four years is a huge accomplishment. Our team had some very young and inexperienced players, and they tried and played hard."

The Cowgirls were in fourth place after Monday's opening round of the tournament, still in striking distance of third-place Scappoose.

Despite playing better on day two, the Cowgirls couldn't make any inroads into the Indian lead as Scappoose held onto third place.

Valley Catholic went on to easily win the tournament with a 36-hole score of 806.

Oregon Episcopal was second with a score of 832, while Scappoose finished with a score of 839.

The Cowgirls were fourth with an 844 total, while Astoria finished fifth, 848.

With Goehring leading the way, the Cowgirls posted a score of 428 on Monday. Both Goehring and the team improved in day two, lowering their score to 416.

"The rough was pretty tough," Crofcheck said. "The long grass is up to your knees, and it comes into play on about five or six different holes on the back nine, so there were a lot of balls lost in there."

Goehring finished with a two-day total of 89-85 — 174, her best two rounds of the year.

Sammi Todd was next in for the Cowgirls, shooting rounds of 102-117 — 219. She was followed by Jaylyn Smith with rounds of 118-110 — 228.

Kaiya Eller and Alexa Edwards posted identical rounds of 119 on day one of the tournament.

However, Eller improved on day two with a round of 104 to finish the tournament with a 233 total. Meanwhile, Edwards played consistent both days, finishing with a score of 121 on day two, for a two-day total of 240.

"We were close," Crofcheck said. "Our team all now has a goal of going to state next year."

Riverdale's Yvonne Vinceri earned medalist honors at the tournament, firing rounds of 79-77 — 156.

Gladstone's Lanie Sticka, who was tied with Vinceri after the tournament's opening round, shot an 84 on Tuesday to finish with a two-day total of 163, good for second place.

Oregon Episcopal's Anna Li finished third with rounds of 84-83 — 167, while Valley Catholic's Caroline Hobson was fifth, 91-88 — 179.

The state tournament will be held Monday and Tuesday, May 14-15, also at Quail Valley.

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