Wilsonville girls golf wins Class 5A state championship
The Wilsonville girls golf team stepped up.
The Wildcats — already Northwest Oregon Conference champions — put their skill on full display at the Class 5A state tournament, rolling to victory by 31 strokes at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell on Monday and Tuesday, May 16-17.
The complete team scoring included: Wilsonville 372-394—766, Silverton 393-404—797, La Salle 403-400—803, Corvallis 402-430—832, Crook County 422-411—833, Crescent Valley 426-425—851, Scappoose 426-444 870, Crater 502-472—974 and North Bend 490-528—1018.
And no one did more at state than Wilsonville senior star Paris Wilhelm. Wilhelm, the NWOC medalist, played her way to third place at state, shooting 78-90—168. Her first-day 6-over-par 78 was the second-best score of the round.
"There will always be things I want to improve every round, but overall I'm very happy with how I played," Wilhelm said. "Being able to set a personal record at a state championship was an incredible feeling."
Wilhelm had plenty of help, too, with the Wildcats — coached by Chris Bensel — getting three other top-20 finishes that set the table for their state championship. In the process, they secured Wilsonville's second Class 5A state title, following up on the Wildcats' 2017 state crown.
Senior Emma Dougherty placed ninth after shooting 99-95—194, junior Mia Combs tied for 11th at 95-101—196, freshman Madeline Downie tied for 19th at 100-108—208 and freshman Malia Kaleikilo placed 46th at 129-122—251.
"I know my teammates gave their all this week. We are so thrilled to be bringing a state championship trophy home with us," Wilhelm said. "I'm so proud to be a part of this team. We've been (after) the state title since the season started and every single person on the team pulled through when it counted."
La Salle at state
La Salle's girls were great at state, too, coming through to take third at 403-400—803, their efforts led by sophomore Sydney Anderson, who tied for fifth place in the field of 57 after shooting 90-99—189.
"I feel very happy with my performance at state. I was lucky to be there with such a great team," Anderson said. "Working with them all season long had a huge impact on my state results. I've learned a lot from my coach and teammates so it was really fun to have the opportunity to be there with them and a bonus to have such good results."
The Falcons also saw junior Mariah Moore and sophomore Josephine Robinson tie for 15th at state, with Moore notching a 105-95—200 while Robinson posted a 101-99—200. Junior Catie Tassinari tied for 25th with a 107-107—214, while junior Haley Hawkins tied for 29th at 109-108—217.
"I am beyond proud of my team," Anderson added. "All of my teammates have worked so hard this season to get the results that we did at state (and) all of us were extremely proud to have won third place as a team. It's a huge achievement for each of us and for our school."
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