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The Cowgirls finished one stroke out of the running for a trophy, but sophomore Merritt O'Gorman earned one of her own.

PMG PHOTO: PHILLIP HAWKINS - Crook County freshman Haylee Noland had the third-best score of any Cowgirl, finishing with a two-day total of 208 at the OSAA 5A Girls Golf Championships, held May 16-17 in Banks.

The Crook County Cowgirls just missed a trophy at this year's OSAA Class 5A State Girls Golf Championships, which were held at Emerald Valley Golf Course in Creswell on Monday and Tuesday.

"We lost by one to get a trophy, but we improved today," said Crook County head coach Sarah Shinkle following Tuesday's final round. "Emerald Valley has some challenging holes and greens, and to see the team work through those says a great deal about their character and desire to play well."

Wilsonville dominated the tournament, holding a 21-shot lead after one day and increasing that lead to 31 strokes by the end of Day 2 with rounds of 372 and 394 (766 two-day total). Silverton finished second with a final score of 797, while La Salle Prep finished third with a two-day total of 803.

The final team to earn a trophy was Corvallis, which finished with a score of 832. They were followed by Crook County (833), Crescent Valley (851), Scappoose (870), Crater (974) and North Bend (1,018).

North Eugene freshman Francesca Tomp won medalist honors with rounds of 72 and 79 (151). She was followed by Crescent Valley junior Mercedes Marriott who posted a two-day total of 154, while Wilsonville senior Paris Wilhelm finished in third place with a score of 168.

PMG PHOTO: PHILLIP HAWKINS - Crook County sophomore Merritt O'Gorman finished tied for ninth place at the OSAA 5A Girls Golf Championships, held May 16-17 in Banks.Crook County was led by sophomore Merritt O'Gorman with rounds of 97 and 97 (194) to finish tied for ninth. Next in for the Cowgirls was freshman Sawyer McDonald, who posted a score of 106 in the opening round, but improved to 97 on Day 2 for a total score of 203.

"Sawyer had a 97 and had never broken 100, and Merritt's tie for ninth earned a medal," Shinkle said. "We improved so much this tournament and year. My team is so young, and they all are excited for next year to keep improving. I am proud of the way they played at state. None of them had ever been to an actual OSAA golf tournament, and for them to play two days and only lose by a little was great."

Following McDonald for the Cowgirls was freshman Haylee Noland with rounds of 103 and 105 (208). Next in for the Cowgirls was junior McKenzie Jonas, who finished the tournament with rounds of 116 and 112 (228). Although she did not count in the scoring, the final Cowgirl to compete in the tournament was sophomore Aspen Gunderson, who posted rounds of 144 and 137 (281).


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