Gailey enjoying a championship summer
It's the summer between her senior year at Tigard High School and her freshman year at the University of Nevada.
But Victoria Gailey isn't taking it easy.
She's not just having a relaxing summer.
She's been busy and she's been traveling.
She's also been playing a lot of golf — championship golf, to be exact.
And she's loving every bit of it.
Gailey, a 2018 Tigard High School graduate, has shined on the links this summer. She's had plenty of highlights — among them, a title-winning performance at the 21st Oregon Junior Stroke Play Championships, held July 3-5 at the OGA Golf Course in Woodburn.
"That was awesome," Gailey said. "I won it two years ago, and it's always a fun tournament. I love the OGA course, and it's a good way to finish up (with Oregon Junior Golf)."
Gailey certainly has had success at the OGA course. Back in May, at the Special District 2 regional tournament, Gailey had a 5-under-par round of 67 strokes while helping her Tigard girls golf squad earn a Class 6A state tournament team berth (where Gailey finished in third place in the final individual standings).
At the Oregon Junior Stroke Play Championships, she just kept right on rolling on the OGA course. She had rounds of 73, 76 and 75, giving her a three-day score of 8-over-par 224.
But Gailey's work wasn't done.
Olivia Venderby, from West Linn, carded a 72 in the July 5 third round, putting her in a tie with Gailey, at 224, after regulation play. That forced the two into a playoff for the championship.
The both parred the first playoff hole, No. 10 on the course. Then, they both parred the second playoff hole, No. 11. But, on hole No. 12, the third playoff hole, Gailey put her approach shot within four feet of the cup. From there, she putted in for a par 4 on the 359-yard hole. Venderby carded a six on the hole, leaving Gailey with the championship.
"That was a lot of fun. Olivia played great," Gailey said. "It was good competition, and playoffs are always fun."
And Gailey has had her share of playoffs this summer.
Prior to the Oregon Junior Stroke Play Championships, Gailey reached the girls (ages 15-18) finals at the 88th Bob Norquist Oregon Junior Amateur Championships, played June 25-29 at the Astoria Golf & Country Club in Warrenton.
Gailey faced Olivia Loberg, from Bend, in the title contest of the match play tourney. Gailey and Loberg were all even after 18 holes, putting the contest into a playoff of sorts. Loberg triumphed on the 19th hole, giving her the championship.
"I played my best, and she did, too," Gailey said. "We both left it all out there."
Up next for Gailey is the Girls Junior America's Cup, which started Monday, and runs through Friday, at the Hiwan Golf Course in Evergreen, Colo.
Gailey will be part of the Oregon team for the tournament. Among her teammates on the Oregon squad will be both Venderby and Loberg.
"It was kind of weird, at first, but it's going to be good. We all want everyone to play their absolute best." Gailey said. "the Junior America's Cup is so much fun. It's one of my favorite tournaments. We were fifth last year (while Gailey also had a top-five individual playing), and I'm really excited for this year."
Mary Scott Wolfe, from Beaverton, is the other member of the Oregon team.
In addition to shining at Oregon Junior Golf events, Gailey also took on some big-time national competition this summer, and she definitely held her own.
The former Tiger standout battled her way to 20th place, out of a field of 144 players, at the Girls Junior PGA Championships, held July 9-12 at the Kearney Hill Golf Links, located in Lexington, Ky.
Gailey stepped up right from the start of the national tournament, carding rounds of 72, 70 and 73 to start the tournament. She really got going in the final round, shooting a 3-under-par 69, moving her up 13 spots on the day, putting her in a tie for 20th place in the final standings with a 4-under-par score of 284.
Gailey had a total of 14 birdies for the tournament, including six in the final round.
Yealimi Noh, a UCLA commit, won the tournament by four strokes, shooting a 24-under-par 264.
In addition to all the successful golf, Gailey also took a trip down to the University of Nevada campus in Reno for orientation.
"I'm so excited for Nevada," Gailey said. "The trip made it even better."
Gailey will start play with the Wolfpack at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic, which will be held Sept. 17-19 at the Ptarmigan Country Club in Fort Collins, Colo.