Lake Oswego girls golf third, Lakeridge sixth at Tualatin
The Lakers and Pacers are in the fight.
The Lake Oswego and Lakeridge girls golf teams proved it again on Monday, April 15, the Lakers playing to third place and the Pacers to sixth in the eight-team field at Tualatin Country Club.
West Linn won the team title at 327 strokes, followed in the rest of the team scoring by St. Mary's at 334, Lake Oswego at 396, Tigard at 435, Canby at 457, Lakeridge at 563, Tualatin at 569 and Oregon City at 591.
"There is still a long ways ahead for this team. Their fight isn't done," said Lake Oswego coach Daniel Kirkham. "We navigated the course well and we were able to save strokes where we might have otherwise made mistakes."
"Monday's performance at Tualatin wasn't our best," said Lakeridge coach Tess Miller. "It wasn't a great week for our team score, but (we're) hoping to turn it around next week at Oregon Golf Club."
For Lake Oswego, the Lakers hit the course with a full contingent of five varsity golfers for the first time this season. Their efforts were led by the trio of junior Megan Woolard, junior Ellie Yarbrough and senior Katelyn Knox, with Woolard coming home at 95, Yarbrough At 96 and Knox at 97.
"Woolard had a phenomenal day around the greens. Her chipping and putting really led to having the best round for our team," Kirkham said, noting that Woolard didn't have a three-putt during her round. "With Katelyn Knox ... in the 90s, we were able to have three golfers under 100 and that's going to put us in third place in every league match."
Beyond those three, the Lakers also saw junior Lauren Joyce come in at 108 and sophomore Lauren Davis — in her first varsity round — finish at 111.
"Lauren Davis has been progressing in such a way we thought she was ready for the varsity," Kirkham said, adding that Davis stepped up with a birdie on her first hole. "That really jump started things for her and us."
The Pacers were led by sophomore Maddie Baker, who shot a season-low of 88.
"She had an amazing front nine, but got a little out of her groove on the back," Miller said.
The rest of the Pacers' varsity included: senior Olivia Ricketts at 101, sophomore Grace Rooney and junior Kelin Humbert at 123, and sophomore Sammy Beach at 128.
"Olivia Ricketts has been very consistent this whole season and has been a huge asset to our team," Miller said.
Next week, the Lakers and Pacers will compete in a TRL tournament at Oregon Golf Club, with tee times starting at 12:40 p.m. Monday, April 22.
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