Lakeridge girls golf hoping to build numbers and competitiveness
Golf is a numbers game.
It's all about par-4 holes, 7-irons and the number of shots a player finishes under par.
But for this year, the number the Lakeridge girls golf team is most focused on is "five."
The Pacers, who open the 2019 season with three solid varsity players, want to get five girls ready to compete at the varsity level so they can post team scores every week in the Three Rivers League season.
"We don't have a full varsity team yet, (but we're) hoping we have a few more bump up from JV as the season goes on," said Lakeridge coach Tess Miller.
While Lakeridge isn't at full speed quite yet, the top of their lineup is solid. The Pacers will be led this season by sophomore Maddie Baker (she finished sixth in the Special District 2 regional tournament, qualified for the Class 6A state tournament and placed 43rd there) and senior Olivia Ricketts (she also qualified for the regional tournament as an individual).
"Maddie has worked very hard in the offseason, competing in a lot of OGA tournaments and training at SKOUTgolf. She is a talented player and is always able to keep a level head during her rounds," Miller said, adding that Ricketts "definitely brings leadership to the team. She is so steady and always has a great attitude. I am very excited to see improvements ... from these girls."
Also varsity ready for the start of the 2019 season is sophomore Grace Rooney, and by year's end, Miller hopes to see a couple of her other young players — sophomore Sammy Beach and junior Kelin Humbert — join the fray at the varsity level.
"(Beach and Humbert) have both made large improvements from last year and I'm looking forward to seeing their progress this season," Miller said.
Regarding the coming 2019 Three Rivers League race, Miller said she expects big things from both Baker and Ricketts — both were in the TRL's top 20 last year — while favoring West Linn in the team race.
"I think West Linn will be tough to beat, but you never know who is going to step it up as the season goes on," Miller added.
To see the Lake Oswego girls team preview, click here.
To see the West Linn girls team preview, click here.
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