West Linn girls second, Lakeridge's Maddie Baker first at Three Rivers golf
One more time.
After waiting so long to get back on the golf courses with their high school teams, you just knew that the Three Rivers League's best girls golfers weren't going to miss out on a chance to compete once more in 2021.
By the end of their 18-hole tournament at Oregon City's Stone Creek Golf Course on Monday, May 10, Canby's girls had capped their successful season with a winning total of 367, while West Linn finished just three strokes back in second place and Lakeridge another five shots back in third.
The complete team scoring was: Canby 367, West Linn 370, Lakeridge 375, Tualatin 431, Oregon City 437, Tigard 437 and Lake Oswego inc.
In the individual scoring race, Lakeridge senior Maddie Baker stepped up to win medalist honors in the TRL — her first district championship — after shooting a 4-over-par 76. In the process, she edged Hallie Richards of St. Mary's (second at 77), West Linn junior Bayler Brundage (third at 78), Canby's Allison Bassett (fourth at 82), and West Linn's Kylie Zeman and Canby's Tyler Olson (tied for fifth at 85).
"I was extremely happy that Maddie Baker … was the medalist," said Lakeridge coach Nelson Neal. "Her game has really come together as the season progressed."
The rest of the top 10 included Canby's Hannah Hughes (seventh at 88), Tualatin's Maya Promwongsa (eighth at 90), Lake Oswego's Berkeley Ward ninth at 91), and Lake Oswego's Lauren Davis and Lakeridge's Vega Barker (tied for 10th at 92).
The rest of the Lions' varsity players included Josie McLaughlin at 95, Sienna Lambert at 112 and Lily Barger at 118. Additional Lakeridge competitors were Sammy Beach at 101, Sydney Blem at 106 and Grace Rooney at 108.
While Lake Oswego didn't post a team score, both Ward and Davis notched top-10 finishes, while Alex Wagner tied for 14th at 98.
"We performed well," said Lake Oswego coach Daniel Kirkham, noting that both Ward and Davis posted personal bests. "They are really learning the game and learning how to navigate a golf course to drop strokes."
For fifth-place Oregon City, Jayden Dorfler led the way by shooting a 98 to tie for 14th overall. The rest of her team's results were: Brynna Linker at 106; Adela Newton at 109; Marisa Eidem at 124; and Taylor Miller at 145.
Beyond all the team finishes and individual successes, the chance to play again — and to play an almost normal district tournament — meant a lot to the TRL's girls.
"It was great that the golfers were able to have a district tournament with some semblance of normalcy," Neal said.
"Golf has been a great outlet for these girls," Kirkham added. "The social dynamic, getting them back involved with others, competing — it's been a big help to their mental health."
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