The Scappoose High School girls golf team may have finished seventh at the recently held OSAA 5A state tournament in Creswell, but coach Joe Girres is pleased his team made it that far.
That's the assessment from Girres following the tournament, which was held May 16 and May 17 at Emerald Valley Golf Club.
"Wilsonville ended up capturing the title — that's our league foe," Girres said. "They were well equipped and had good numbers 1 through 5. It would be tough to chase them."
Girres said, "We got behind the eight-ball after the first day and found ourselves about 20 shots back of third place."
Noting that fatigue may have played a factor, Girres added, "We did not play our best golf, but that doesn't take away from the accomplishment of getting to state."
Girres gave a shout out to a couple of his players at the state tournament.
"Kelsey Holcomb, being a junior, I thought she did a great job playing from the 5 position," Girres said. "She certainly performed well in a tough situation where her teammates weren't doing that well."
Girres said of Holcomb, "I don't think her scores were better than her teammates, it's just that she stepped into a role she really wasn't ready to take on until we went to regionals. Even that was only due to an injury that she stepped in and played on the varsity matches."
Girres also spoke highly of a senior, Dylan Dietz.
Dietz "typically is our 3 or 4 golfer," Girres said. "She put herself in a position with her scores to compete at the second slot, which typically means, hey, that's your second-best golfer. She finished her season on a really high note. I thought she was very consistent for us down there."
Overall, Girres noted his girls had a good season, having won first place at regionals at Heron Lakes.
"The overall season for us, I thought that we accomplished a lot," he said. "Having 13 girls come out for golf was a sign of a positive environment that they helped cultivate. The girls do a good job of recruiting. The seniors were able to get some of the freshmen to come out."
Girres added, "Overall, despite all the rain and the inclement weather, we had what I view as a pretty good season. Taking a team to state, I don't know that that's been done very many times at Scappoose High School. Being able to accomplish that was a feather in the cap to finish the season."
According to Girres, just the experience of participating at state will help his girl players down the road.
"Even though we may not have played our best golf down there, just the experience alone will go a long ways in these young ladies lives as far as dealing with adversity and learning to overcome some obstacles," Girres said.
As for the recently concluded state tourney in Creswell, Girres said, "I'm proud of the girls. It goes without saying, I know they're disappointed in themselves and wish they had a better showing for sure. That's the competitiveness in each individual. I'm sure they wanted more."
Girres continued, "It was a juggernaut. It's one of those things where we struggled and we didn't make the necessary adjustments to place ourselves any higher."
Yet Girres is confident looking ahead to next year.
"I'm very optimistic," he said. "I think that Reagan Witt and Kelsey Holcomb are going to a be a dynamic one-two punch."
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