Lake Oswego girls golfers ready to start fresh, compete
The Lake Oswego girls golf team just about did it all last spring.
The Lakers finished second in the district tournament, won the regional tournament by 30 strokes to earn a berth at state, then finished fifth as a team at state while senior Tya Seth took the state championship.
Now, with three players back from the 2018 varsity lineup — senior Katelyn Knox and juniors Ellie Yarbrough and Megan Woolard — Lake Oswego is ready to compete again.
"Our main team goal this year is to get better every day," said Lake Oswego coach Daniel Kirkham. "For us to compete, we will really rely on our top three to play well. We will keep our heads down and work to improve with hopes of making the postseason."
Woolard played her way to 11th at regionals and 36th at state last year, while Knox took 15th at regionals and 59th at state (teaming with Libby Elmes) and Yarbrough placed 61st at state.
"Katelyn Knox and Ellie Yarbrough have been excellent leaders thus far in the season, making sure all of our girls are welcomed and encouraged at practice, and creating a fun environment," Kirkham said, adding that Woolard "has a natural feel for the game and competes. When you watch Megan play, you really sense that she is grinding to make the best of each shot."
The Lakers will also look to junior Lauren Joyce, sophomores Lauren Davis, Cassidy Miller, Sophia Kang and Sydney Seymour, and freshman Jada Johnson and Sydney Blem to compete for varsity time.
"The competition is wide open. After finishing last year as our No. 1 JV golfer, … Lauren Joyce is ready for the leap," Kirkham said, adding that Davis and Miller "spent time working on their game in the offseason," while Johnson and Blem "have shown some early-season potential."
As to the coming Three Rivers League race, the Lakers are focused only on getting better each week and letting the scores take care of themselves.
"This year, West Linn and St Mary's should be in a very tight battle for the league title," Kirkham said. "Both teams return elite golfers. We will see how we fare at the end of the year — I think we can compete."
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To see the West Linn team preview, click here.