Morgan Hall, Scappoose girls headed to state golf tourney
The fact that Scappoose senior Morgan Hall is headed back to the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A girls state golf tournament is no big surprise.
After all, she was 14th at state as a junior, 13th as a sophomore and 25th as a freshman.
Here's what's new for 2018 — she's taking the rest of her team with her after the Indians placed third in the Special District 1 tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks on Monday and Tuesday.
Next up, the Indians will test the rest of the state's best at the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state tournament, set for Monday and Tuesday back at Quail Valley.
"It will be tough competition for sure," said Scappoose coach Joe Girres. "Our goal is to improve our overall team score and let the chips and putts fall where they may. We are thrilled at the opportunity to compete for another week and to send our seniors off with one lasting impression."
Valley Catholic, which previously won the Cowapa League tournament, finished first again at the district event, followed by second-place Oregon Episcopal School and third-place Scappoose. All three teams will advance to the state tournament, with tee times set to begin at 12:30 p.m. both days at Quail Valley.
That said, it wasn't easy for the Indians to get that state berth, with Scappoose edging fourth-place Astoria by just five strokes and Crook County by eight.
"The girls were so excited to have reached their goal as a team," Girres said. "(But) there definitely were some anxious moments waiting for the final scores to be posted."
The complete team scores for the top five teams were: Valley Catholic 803, Oregon Episcopal School 832, Scappoose 839, Astoria 844 and Crook County 847.
As expected, Hall led the way for the Indians, shooting 89 on Monday and 90 on Tuesday to place sixth overall at 179. Senior teammate Kaitlyn Baakkensen was tough, too, carding a 99 on Monday and a 98 on Tuesday to place 10th at 197.
"Morgan Hall was our leader both days as she has been all year. She is as steady as they come," Girres said. "Kaitlyn Bakkensen contributed with a 10th-place individual finish, helping to secure our ticket to state."
The Indians' other three seniors contributed, too, with Callie Enos shooting 115-116—131, Kenzy Sue going 121-111—232, and Rylee Cook adding a 156-148—304.
"Callie Enos and Kenzy Sue took turns turning in good scores on consecutive days to lock us into that third at-large berth to state," Girres added. "Rylee Cook also provided great team chemistry as our fifth golfer."
Valley Catholic was led by Caroline Hobson's 91-88—179 and Annmarie Gallardo's 97-92—189, while Oregon Episcopal was led by Anna Li's 84-83—167.
Also headed to state as individuals are Riverdale champion Yvonne Vinceri (79-77—156), Gladstone runner-up Lanie Sticka (79-84—163) and Crook County fourth-place finisher Macy Goehring (89-85—174).