Gailey dominates in TRL district finale
OREGON CITY — Three years ago as a freshman, Victoria Gailey took the Three Rivers League by storm.
Now, as a Tigard High School senior, Gailey simply just dominated in her final Three Rivers League competition.
Gailey capped off her brilliant four-year TRL career by winning the 2018 Three Rivers League district tournament in dominating fashion, at the event held Monday and Tuesday at Stone Creek Golf Course.
"It's all kind of surreal," Gailey said on Tuesday. "It went by so fast. It's crazy. It's sad, but exciting. I just love my team, and I'm so glad I got to end up playing with these amazing girls at Tigard."
Speaking of amazing, Gailey won the TRL district tournament with a two-round, two-under-par score of 142 strokes. That put her nine shots ahead of the second-place finisher, West Linn sophomore Olivia Venderby.
In addition to medaling at the TRL district tournament, Gailey also topped the league's season-long individual standings with a score of 442, putting her 19 shots ahead of Venderby, and earning her the TRL Player of the Year honors.
Gailey also earned one of the TRL's two automatic individual bids to play in the Class 6A state tournament, which will be held May 15-16 at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis.
"I'm super excited for state," said Gailey, who placed fifth at the Class 6A state tourney last year, after placing 10th as both a freshman and sophomore. "I've still got a lot of little prep work to do. I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself this year. It helps having college all figured out (she's going to golf for the University of Nevada). I just want to be super relaxed and have fun."
Gailey likely had a lot of fun at the TRL district golf tournament. She started play in Monday's first round with back-to-back birdies.
"That was really nice," she said. "It was reassuring to me. I said 'you got this.'"
Gailey shot an even-par 72 on Monday. She bettered that on Tuesday, with a two-under-par score of 70.
"It was a good day," she said. "I was pleased. My irons helped a lot. I did some work with them this past weekend, and it showed with my score."
Before the state tournament, Gailey will join her Tigard teammates at the Special District 2 regional tournament, which will be held Tuesday at the OGA Course in Woodburn.
The Three Rivers League team champion, which turned out to be West Linn, also advances directly to the Class 6A state tournament. The next three teams in the standings, Lake Oswego, St. Mary's Academy and Tigard, advance, along with three teams from the Mt. Hood Conference, to the regional tourney. The top two teams at that event move on to state.
"It would be super awesome for the team to go to state," Gailey said. "We beat St. Mary's once this season, so it could happen."
Sherwood freshman Ally Plusquellec and Tualatin senior Hailey Barnard have a chance to join Gailey at the Class 6A state tournament, as they both qualified, as individuals, to play at the Special District 2 regional tournament.
The top five players from the TRL in the season-long individual standings, who are not part of state, or regional-qualifying teams, advance to play at the regional tourney. The top five individuals (whether they qualified for regionals as part of a team, or as an individual) from the regional tournament will advance to the Class 6A state tournament.
Plusquellec led the way for Sherwood at the district tournament with a two-round score of 177, which put her 11th, individually. Also for the Lady Bowmen, sophomore Nikki Montgomery had a 200, junior Chloe Knudsen had a 201 and junior Avery Gladheim had a 214.
Sophomore Hailey Kang paced Tualatin at the district tournament with a 203. Barnard shot a 207, sophomore Megan Kindle had a 234 and sophomore Amber Jun had a 242.
For Tigard, sophomore Kate Cameron had a 200, sophomore Emma Grant had a 201, freshman Olivia Spyker had a 202 and sophomore Maddie Rough had a 209.