With the six-week sprint known as the 2021 spring high school sports season nearing its end, the Three Rivers League's best girls golfers got after it one more time.
Playing under sunny skies at the OGA Golf Course in Woodburn on Wednesday, May 5, Canby stepped up to win for the third time in four weeks of regular season play, shooting 338 to edge second-place West Linn's 349.
The complete team scoring included: Canby 338, West Linn 349, Lakeridge 350, Oregon City 391, Tualatin 396, Tigard 409, Lake Oswego incomplete, St. Mary's incomplete.
"I think my team played well and they shot some personal bests," said West Linn junior Bayler Brundage, who tied for medalist honors with a 1-over par 72. "We've been getting better and lowering scores since the beginning of the season."
"This team continues to amaze me with their continuous forward progress," said West Linn coach Sarah Archuleta, whose team has finished second in each of the past three weeks. "They show up to practices ready to work hard, and we are starting to see that work ethic relay to low scores."
Following Brundage — who had back-to-back birdies on the front side and four overall on the OGA's shortened layout — Kylie Zeman shot an 87, Josie McLaughlin carded an 89, Sienna Lambert finished at 101 and Lily Barger added a 115.
"I thought I played well, and I was able to take advantage of the shorter tees and make some birdies," Brundage said.
"Every … one of our players (shot a personal best)," Archuleta said. "I'm excited to keep up the momentum going into district."
For Lakeridge, senior Maddie Baker continued her seasonlong battle with Brundage — Brundage leads the TRL in scoring while Baker is second — tying for medalist honors with her own 72. She also matched Brundage with four birdies at OGA, two each on the front and back nines.
"I was disappointed that the course was set up so short, but Maddie hit 12 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation," said Lakeridge coach Nelson Neal. "That's great no matter how short a course might be."
After Baker, the Pacers saw Libby Emory notch a 90, Grace Rooney shoot a 93, Sammy Beach finish at 95 and Syndey Blem post a 99.
"Each member of the team is improving and my alternate player (Emory) … shot the second best score of all five girls," Neal said. "Each girl has improved in many aspects of the game, and they are playing well for such a short season."
Oregon City was solid, too, with its season's best fourth-place finish. The Pioneers were led by Adela Newton and Jayden Dorfler, with Newton shooting a 90 and Dorfler a 91. Also contributing to Oregon City's success were Brynna Linker at 100, Marisa Eidam at 110 and Taylor Miller at 134.
For Lake Oswego — which fielded just three players on the way to its incomplete team score — sophomore Berkeley Ward shot an 89 (tying her best score of the year), Lauren Davis shot a season's best 95 and Alex Wagner finished at 101 (also a season best).
"Our girls got a little fatigued late in the day, (but) we did have two personal bests with Alex and Lauren," said Lake Oswego coach Daniel Kirkham. "That was really exciting.
"I'm really proud of (Lauren). This is a girl that was a complete beginner as a freshman, worked hard, dug in and really embraced the team environment and is excelling. She has earned all her success and ascension."
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