Cowgirls sixth at regionals
The Crook County Cowgirls hosted the Special District 1 golf tournament Monday and Tuesday at Meadow Lakes Golf Course in Prineville.
Although they shot their best rounds of the year, the Cowgirls were unable to qualify anyone for the state championships as they placed sixth as a team at the eight-team event.
"I think the tournament went well," said Crook County head coach Sarah Shinkle. "Everybody played well, and they had a lot of personal records."
With Pendleton already qualifying for the state tournament by virtue of winning the Intermountain Conference regular season, there were two playoff spots on the line during the two-day event.
Ridgeview ran away with the tournament, finishing with a two-day total of 795.
The Dalles finished second with a score of 815, while Redmond was third with an 819 total.
However, neither Redmond nor The Dalles qualified for the state tournament.
The Northwest League, which combined with the Intermountain Conference to make up Special District 1, had not qualified a team for state entering the tournament, so the top Northwest League team in the tournament earned the final playoff spot from Special District 1.
That spot went to Wilsonville, who finished fourth overall with a score of 830.
Rounding out the team scoring were St. Helens, 875, Crook County, 887, Hood River Valley, 961, and La Salle Prep, 961. Both Hillsboro and Scappoose also had golfers at the tournament, but did not field complete teams.
"We didn't have a lot of big rule issues, play issues or score issues," Shinkle said. "So I think overall the tournament ran pretty smoothly. Meadow Lakes is set up so you don't have a lot of rule issues other than ponds, but the girls did a really good job of knowing the new rules and doing them correctly."
Redmond's Elizabeth Roundtree took medalist honors, earning one of the four individual qualifying spots for the state championships with a 36-hole total of 182.
Victoria Ervin of Hood River Valley also punched her ticket to the state championships, placing second overall with a score of 187.
Alexus Burgoyne of St. Helens earned the third individual spot. Burgoyne was tied for ninth after the first day, but posted a round of 89 on day two to move all the way to a tie for third with a score of 189.
Danika Lundgren of Ridgeview tied for third, while Samantha Stansbury of The Dalles earned the final state tournament spot with a two-day total of 191.
Crook County was led by Sami Todd, who tied for 11th overall with a score of 202. Todd was in the playoff hunt until late on day two. She entered the day tied for ninth with Burgoyne and four other golfers, but was unable to keep pace.
"I wish I would have been a little bit lower, but I shot about the same both days," Todd said. "I would have been really excited to go to state as a junior, but this is definitely motivation for next year."
Rounding out the scoring for the Cowgirls were Kaiya Eller, 107-112—219. Jaylyn Smith, 117-115—232, Emma Stefanek, 116-118—234, and Bethany Kelso, 148-142—290.
Although she was disappointed not to qualify for the state tournament, Todd was pleased with the performance of her team.
"It was good," she said. "A lot of people shot personal records, and some people shot what they usually shoot, so it helped the team out a lot. I think some people felt more pressure about the district tournament, but overall, people were holding it together. Our team is very supportive, and we have been working very hard. We have improved every single tournament."
Shinkle was also pleased with her team's performance.
"I think that overall with the weather issues we had early in the year and not being able to play all the regular tournaments, with my team being so young and inexperienced, they did really well," she said. "We had our best round of the year the first day, and the girls played pretty consistent."
Special District 1 Golf Championships
At Meadow Lakes Golf Course in Prineville
Team scores — 1. Ridgeview, 795. 2. The Dalles, 815. 3. Redmond, 819. 4. Wilsonville, 830. 5. St. Helens, 875. 6. Crook County, 887. 7. Hood River Valley, 961. 8. La Salle Prep, 970. Incomplete, Hillsboro, Scappoose.
Medalist — Elizabeth Roundtree, Redmond, 182.
Top 10 — 1. Elizabeth Roundtree, Redmond, 182. 2. Victoria Ervin, Hood River Valley, 187. 3. Alexus Burgoyne, St. Helens, 189. 3. Danika Lundgren, Ridgeview, 189. 5. Samantha Stansbury, The Dalles, 191. 6. Emme Paullus, St. Helens, 194. 7. Rainie Codding, The Dalles, 197. 7. Karra Kaiser, Wilsonville, 197. 9. Sabyn Thoune, Wilsonville, 199. 10. Logan Dietz, Ridgeview, 200.
Crook County (440-447—887) — Sami Todd, 100-102—202. Kaiya Eller, 107-112—219. Jaylyn Smith, 117-115—232. Emma Stefanek, 116-118—234. Bethany Kelso, 148-142—290.