At Scappoose High School, coach Joe Girres is getting his girls golf team primed for another season on the golf links.
As with other high school sports teams, last year was a bit different, considering COVID-19 restrictions.
"Last year, it was just a thrill to have a team," Girres said. "I know that when so many were struggling to put a team together, I was fortunate enough to have enough girls that came out and formed an actual team."
He said the team competed at the varsity level and a few girls were able to compete at the junior varsity level.
And despite the shortened season, the Indians were able to get a team down to state.
"Not an OSAA-sanctioned state tournament, but we had enough good people in the golf world to put on a state tournament down at Springfield," Girres said.
Scappoose failed to place, but Girres said it was worth the trip anyway.
"It was a lot of fun and a great experience for them," the coach said.
Coming into this season, the Indians captured a victory at the The Dalles Invitational, held a week before spring break.
Also this season, Girres returns five seniors whom he says can play at the varsity level.
"Kylee Nutt is my number-one golfer, Molly Hagen is my number two," Girres said. "They lead us in so many different ways with leadership. … I'm thrilled to have them, as well as the other seniors who now are getting an opportunity to compete at varsity because they've earned it."
Girres continued, "There are no guarantees in golf, and just because you're a senior, it doesn't mean you're going to golf the varsity event, but for me, it's a win-win. These seniors — not only have they earned it, but they're putting in the time."
Girres notes that four of the five roster spots on varsity thus far have been filled by seniors.
According to Girres, golf teams during the season use the Stableford scoring system, which awards points for being at par.
As an example, if an individual gets a par, the team gets four points. With a bogey, the team gets three points. A double bogey would earn two points. A triple bogey, on any given hole, would amount to one point.
"Our point system allows for faster play," Girres said, adding that a team that goes to regionals and state would use the traditional golf scoring system.
Girres is looking forward to the season.
"We have a really close-knit group," he said. "The seniors kind of take the lead. I'm blessed to have three freshmen on the team, a couple of sophomores and a few juniors, so we're spread out all the way through, having a good group in each class level."
Girres continued, "We're just looking to build on some of the success we had early season, just fine-tuning and battling to see who is the fourth and fifth varsity for each week. Right now, I would say we have seven individuals that are competing for varsity on a weekly basis."
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