The Lake Oswego girls golf team did just what it wanted to at the Class 6A state tournament.
The Lakers stepped up, competed against the state's best and made lifelong memories in the process.
In the end, Lake Oswego shot 765 to place 10th in the 14-team field. The two-day tournament was held Monday, May 13, and Tuesday, May 14, at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.
"I'm really proud of our girls," said Lake Oswego coach Daniel Kirkham, whose team won its way to state for the fourth straight season. "Our goal for the year was to make it to state and continue with our streak of making it. It's a privilege to make it to state and we enjoyed the experience yet again."
The Jesuit girls team wrapped up its second straight Class 6A state crown on Tuesday, shooting 315 on Monday and 301 on Tuesday to finish at 616 and beat runner-up (and Metro League foe) Westview's 300-324—624.
The complete team scoring included: 1. Jesuit 315-301—616; 2. Westview 300-324—624; 3. West Linn 324-329—653; 4. Clackamas 330-329—659; 5. Mountainside 337-332—669; 6. St. Mary's 353-339—692; 7. Summit 359-358—717; 8. Sprague 375-372—747; 9. Sherwood 378-374—752; 10. Lake Oswego 383-382—765; 11. Roseburg 390-378—768; 12. Wilson 406-386—792; 12. Sheldon 396-396—792; 14. Cleveland 395-402—797.
Among Lake Oswego's individuals, junior Ellie Yarbrough led the way by shooting an 89 on Monday, then coming back with an 86 Tuesday to finish in a tie for 35th place at 175. Junior Megan Woolard was LO's next-best finisher, posting a 91 on Monday and a 96 on Tuesday to place 47th at 187.
"These girls went out and competed to the best of their ability," Kirkham said. "Ellie really had it going early and showed she can compete at the state level."
The Lakers' other state results included: senior Katelyn Knox shot 95-99—194 to tie for 56th place; junior Lauren Joyce went 108-101—209 to place 69th; and sophomore Lauren Davis posted a 120-113—223 to finish 84th.
While Knox said she was unsatisfied with her scores, she relished the chance to compete with her teammates one more time.
"Today, I didn't play how I wanted to, but I don't think I am ever satisfied with how I play," Knox said. "I wanted more. I wanted to improve. I wanted to challenge myself and see how much better I could do because I knew I had it in me."
"Katelyn Knox … is a girl who started as a freshman as a complete beginner," Kirkham said. "She contributed as a junior on a state tournament (team) and this year really anchored us as a team captain.
"She really was our rock, our leader. Without Katelyn this year, no question in my mind we don't have the success we did. She is the epitome of our team motto — 'Get better every day.'"
Beyond their scores and places, the Lakers found more benefit from their state appearance, too.
"I'm extremely proud of these girls this year," Kirkham said. "The team culture they created was second to none. From the JV girls to the varsity girls, everyone really supported each other. I'm going to remember how much these girls all supported each other day in and day out. This really is a team."
Lakeridge sophomore Maddie Baker also made her presence felt in her second consecutive state appearance as an individual. After shooting an 88 on Monday, Baker came back strong on Tuesday with an 80 to finish in a tie for 25th place with an overall score of 168.
"The first day was a little rough, but I came back the second wanting to do better," Baker said, noting that her best tournament memory was a chip-in for eagle on Tuesday's 10th hole. "I'm happy that I played so well the second round. It was a good way to end the season."
"I'm super proud of Maddie," added Lakeridge coach Tess Miller. "She really stepped it up day two, shaving off eight strokes from day one. Her drives weren't going as well as usual, but her short game really improved."
Summit senior Olivia Loberg won the individual title after shooting 68-73—141 to take first at 1-over-par, while Westview junior Alexa Udom finished a single shot back at 67-79—146. The rest of the tournament's top 10 included: Westview's Jessica Ponce 71-76—147; Summit's Sophie Dalfonsi 75-74—149; Jesuit's Haley Hummelt 79-71—150; Central Catholic's Elise Deschaine 74-76—150; St. Mary's Alex Tomita 77-74—151; West Linn's Olivia Venderby 76-75—151; Jesuit's Mary Scott Wolfe 76-75—151; and McMinnville's Emily Song 77-75—152.
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