The Northwest Oregon Conference's girls golfers knew there would be challenges.
In addition to solid competition from the talented players throughout the league, they were facing the demanding layout and slick greens of Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City during their Tuesday, April 26 tournament.
And then there was the weather. There was sun, rain, powerful wind gusts — often paired with the day's occasional downpours — and the temperature, which dropped into the low 40s.
In the end, Wilsonville survived the challenges best, shooting 277 as a team in the 18-hole tournament and racking up 195 points in the NWOC's modified Stableford scoring system. The complete team scoring included (strokes-points): Wilsonville 277-195, La Salle 433-179, St. Helens 452-146, Scappoose 453-143, Putnam inc.-61.
"I am so proud of my team," said Wilsonville senior Paris Wilhelm, the day's medalist with a score of 85 that resulted in 60 points for her team. "We are seeing all our time and effort really pay off in our tournaments."
Wilhelm's day was highlighted by a birdie on the Stone Creek's par-4 first hole, another five pars on the front nine and a 3-over-par 39 on the front side.
"In spite of the tough conditions, I was happy with my score," she said. "That being said, today just showed me more areas I can work on and improve as we near the end of our season."
Wilhelm had plenty of help at Stone Creek, too. Junior Mia Combs stepped up to shoot a 93 and score 50 points for her team. Also contributing to the Wildcats' success were (strokes-points): senior Emma Dougherty, 100-44; freshman Madeline Downie, 103-41; and freshman Malia Kaleikilo, 121-27.
"We are very thankful for our supportive coaching staff that has helped us get here," Wilhelm added. "We're setting big goals for this season."
La Salle was strong at Stone Creek, too, with Falcons junior Mariah Moore posting the second-best score in the tournament at 86 and scoring a team-high 58 points.
"Today, I was very impressed with the team's performance," Moore said. "I was proud of the JV players who moved up to varsity for the match and that we got second."
Moore's day included a 5-over-par 41 on the front side that included four pars, while she notched a birdie on Stone Creek's par-3 16th hole.
"I feel like today was my best round this season because of my consistency and accuracy with every shot," she said.
The rest of La Salle's varsity players included (strokes-points): sophomore Sydney Anderson, 99-45; sophomore Josephine Robinson, 104-41; junior Catie Tassinari, 109-35; and Olivia Burtrom, 121-25.
Putnam, meanwhile, fielded just two players and finished with 61 points, the Kingsmen's efforts led by freshman Eleanor Wright's 114-31 and junior Mallory Guilfoyle's 114-30.
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