Scappoose golf coach Joe Girres expects his girls team to improve from last year and move up a notch or two in the Northwest Oregon Conference.
Last season, the Scappoose team sent three girls to regionals. Callie Enos, now a senior, earned the slot, but struggled a bit in the outing. Two other Tribe players, freshmen Molly Hagen and Kylie Nutt slipped into vacant regional slots. Both had personal bests.
"It was encouraging ," Girres, now in his fifth year as coach, said. "Hopefully they will be contributing to the varsity.
"We were super young with a lot of freshmen playing up at the varsity level," he added. He thinks Enos will learn from her first test at the 5A regional level, and expects Hagen and Nutt, now sophomores, to lead another young crew.
Last year was the first year for Scappoose in the NWOC.
"It's very similar to the Cowapa League," Girres said. "Wilsonville is really stout and St. Helens is a formidable opponent. LaSalle and Astoria were always pushing in the Cowapa."
Two other players, both sophomores, are seeking varsity spots—Dylan Dietz, and Hope Grogg.
Girres said, "Dietz hits the ball straight and has shown a lot of promise in jayvee ranks last year. Grogen has a ton of poise and her work ethic was unbelievable."
Overall, Scappoose has 12 girls out for the team. The coach was hoping that Karissa Beck, another sophomore, would also be playing, but she has some timing and work issues and it appears she'll miss the season.
Girres said he thought Enos has a legitimate shot at state this year and with so many sophomores and freshmen, one or two of them could also move up in the rankings as well.
The Scappoose team has an icebreaker at Charbonneau Golf Course on March 31, and will host their own icebreaker, a best ball format at Wildwood. That's a non-counting event featuring league teams.
Each Tuesday during the season, one league team will host play. Scappoose will host their league event in April at Quail Point near Banks.
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