The cream has risen to the top in Mt. Hood Conference girls golf.
And this year, the cream is clad in the black and silver of Nelson High School.
The Hawks, competing in the Mt. Hood Conference district tournament at Glendoveer Golf Course on Tuesday, May 3, stepped up to shoot 370 and capture the MHC crown in their first year of existence.
"It has been such a great season playing with my teammates this season," said Nelson junior Emily Lackershire, who won the district tournament (she shot a 1-over-par 74 to win by 14 strokes) and honors as MHC medalist for 2022. "Everyone is so supportive and picks each other up when one of us isn't having our best day. I am really happy to be a part of the first Nelson girls golf team district championship."
Clackamas' girls, meanwhile, placed third overall at 439 and earned a berth in the upcoming regional tournament.
"With most of our players going over to Nelson this year, we only had one returning varsity player and ended up with seven total golfers for the year," said Clackamas coach Daniel Thompson. "We didn't even field a varsity team until the fourth week of the season and we ended up third in the Mt. Hood Conference because we had three freshmen that stepped up and improved greatly throughout the year."
The complete team scoring included: Nelson 370, Central Catholic 410, Clackamas 439, David Douglas inc., Gresham inc., Barlow inc., Sandy inc.
With the win — the Hawks also took four of five MHC regular-season tournaments — Nelson earned an automatic berth to the Class 6A state tournament. Clackamas and Central Catholic will play in the regional tournament (along with the 2-3-4 teams from the Three Rivers League) next week. Automatic individual qualifiers to state included: Central Catholic senior Abby McMonagle (she was second in the MHC's season-long points race); and Barlow sophomore Maggie Gilmour (third in MHC points).
In addition to Lackershire's stellar efforts, Nelson saw sophomore Anika Long place third at 90, senior Ellie Wallace take fourth at 90, sophomore Alyssa Gibbons shoot 111 and sophomore Victoria Naung card a 129.
"I felt like I played pretty well and was able to get out of trouble when I needed to and hit some really good shots," Lackershire said. "I was hitting fairways on the front, but then had to scramble a bit more on the back."
For Clackamas, it was freshman Jaydin DiGregorio leading the way, after finishing fourth overall at 95. She was followed by senior Lauren Womack (she was sixth overall at 96), freshman Olivia Carver at 122, junior Alexa Wilkins with a 126 and freshman Sophie LaLonde at 135.
"Let me just say that our story this year is mostly about (our three freshmen) and how much they have improved and are now excited for next year," Thompson said. "We have qualified to play in the state qualifier next week at the OGA course and will be there for sure."
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