Lake Oswego girls play to second on Monday at Oswego Lake
It was back to work for the Three Rivers League's best girls golfers this week.
The TRL's best, after a week off for spring break, stepped back into league play on Monday, competing under cool, cloud-strewn skies at Oswego Lake Country Club. At tournament's end, West Linn's girls had walked away with top honors for the second straight time in the young 2018 season, shooting 337 to beat second-place Lake Oswego's 363. Lakeridge fielded just three golfers on Monday and had an incomplete team score.
"(We) didn't play our best but we are getting better," said Lake Oswego coach Daniel Kirkham. (There's) lots of improvement to be had, but I'm really proud that by watching body language, you can't tell how our girls are playing. That's special."
The complete team scoring was: West Linn 337, Lake Oswego 363, St. Mary's 385, Tigard 430, Sherwood 452, Tualatin 476, Newberg 520, Lakeridge inc., Canby inc.
The Lakers were led Monday by the efforts of senior Delaney Talovic, who fired off a 4-over-par 76 to tie Tigard's Victoria Gailey for medalist honors. Talovic strung together five straight pars to open play on the front nine before finishing with a 38, then added pars on six of her final nine holes for another 38 and her total of 76.
"Delaney had a great round today," Kirkham said. "She pieced together one of her best rounds as a prep golfer at (Lake Oswego). It was a lot of fun to watch."
Talovic had help lifting the Lakers to second place, too, with fellow senior Tya Seth shooting an 80 — the third-best score of the tournament — junior Libby Elmes notching a 103, sophomore Megan Woolard carding a 104 and sophomore Ellie Yarbrough finishing with a 105.
"Tya wasn't hitting it her best, but really grinded out a gritty 80," Kirkham added. "It could have gone south on her back nine. She's come a long way mentally in the last year. It's going to help her throughout the rest of the year."
For Lakeridge, the Pacers had just three players — freshman Maddie Baker, junior Olivia Ricketts and sophomore Taylor Nelson — compete at the varsity level in their first match after the break.
"It was a little rough coming back straight from spring break," said Lakeridge coach Tess Miller. "However, all of my girls improved from the front nine to the back (nine) so that is always a positive."
Baker led the Pacers on Monday in just her second varsity tournament, shooting 100 — 13th in the field of 39 players — and shaving 18 strokes off her score from Week One in the process.
"Maddie Baker is really impressing me," Miller said. "She had two birdies and shot a PR of 100. She always maintains a super positive attitude and can bounce back from a bad hole without it affecting her mentally."
Ricketts was Lakeridge's second-best finisher at 123, while Nelson finished her tournament at 134.
"Olivia Ricketts didn't have her best round, but she really turned it around on the back nine and that is no easy task," Miller said.
Beyond that, the Pacers enjoyed the camaraderie of the other girls in the field.
"I've just been really impressed with the good sportsmanship of the TRL," Miller added. "All the players are very encouraging of one another."
Next week, the Lakers and Pacers return to TRL action with a match at Canby's Willamette Valley Country Club at noon Tuesday, April 10.