Jesuit girls golfers take state, Tigard boys second
No one was catching Cleveland's Kyra Ly, who shot 65-65 to run away with the girls individual title. But there was plenty of good golf played at last week's OSAA 6A Boys and Girls State Golf Championships held at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis and Emerald Valley Golf Course in Creswell.
Jesuit won the girls team title, marking the third straight official state title for the Crusaders since the pandemic wiped-out both the 2020 and 2021 events.
"The last two 'seasons' have been trying for all of our young athletes and students," Jesuit co-head coach Michele Gray said. "Coach (Laurie) Wagner and I took over the team during our first pandemic season, after Jesuit had won the two previous titles. So, this championship run has been a new experience for all of us, but it all came together on that back nine holes at Emerald Valley."
Jesuit trailed league-rival Mountainside by seven strokes following Monday's first round and 11 after Tuesday's back-nine, but the Crusaders rallied over those last nine holes to ultimately defeat the Mavericks 649-663.
The finish wasn't nearly as sweet for Mountainside who admittedly may have let internal aspirations and expectations get the best of them over that closing nine.
"Anyone who plays competitive golf understands the challenge of maintaining focus and composure over the stretch of a tournament," Mountainside head coach Merritt Richardson said. "The team felt both prepared and excited about the potential coming into the final round after such a strong day-one performance, but no doubt we also carried some weight of our own expectations into that round."
The Mavericks were led by Emily Song who shot 75-74 en route to a fifth place individual finish, followed by Sofia Fuenmayor (71-82), Stella Lee (81-86), Katherine Shin (88-106) and Maddie Rivera (117-114).
While a bitter ending to an otherwise great year, Richardson expressed immense pride in her team and said she couldn't be more impressed with her girls on and off the course.
"This team has learned a lot about what it takes to excel in this sport and I will remember this 2022 squad for how they all worked hard to help each other improve and how they came together as a team when it mattered most," Richardson said. "We are proud to be adding new, well-earned hardware to Mountainside's trophy case."
Jesuit junior Anna Poulin led the way for the Crusaders, posting scores of 72-77 to place in a tie four fifth individually, while senior Beth Milne was 12th (77-79), freshman Kate Lee 18th (79-83), followed by senior Zoe Park (94-88) and the combination of Quinn Burke and Grace Odegard who combined for a two-day total of 196.
Coach Gray said she was proud of her girls' fortitude over that final round, but was no means surprised based on how they prepared prior to.
"They played with mental toughness and confidence," the Jesuit coach said. "Our approach was to play steady for the entire 18 holes and we identified a few holes where they could play aggressively and others where they should be more conservative. Our advice was to 'avoid big numbers' and to 'play to win the tournament.' The girls executed the plan with confidence in themselves and each other."
Westview too impressed, placing fifth in the team competition anchored by Momo Udom's (74-74) fourth place individual finish , while Sunset—led by Erika Kobayashi's (76-71) third place finish—was ninth and Sherwood 13th.
Tualatin's Maya Promwongsa finished tied for fifth individually with scores of 72-77.
On the boys side, Summit ran away with the team competition, setting a new state record by finishing 16-under par.
Storm junior Brody Grieb won the individual competition by shooting a two-day total of 134—8-under.
Mountainside's Collin Hodgkinson was second, firing 67-68 on the par-71 course to finish a shot back, while Westview's Andrew Yang (138).
Tigard was second to Summit in the team competition, led by senior Connor Henderson (72-71) and junior Douglas Bailey (73-70) who tied for 10th individually, followed by freshman Jennings Oelke (81-71), Kevin Brown (76-77), and Max Niemi (81-77).
"I am super proud of how the Tigers finished at the State Tourney," Tigard head coach Stu Bailey said. "I am pretty sure that each and every one of the kids would tell you that they could have played better over the two days, but such is the game. I love that the kids set a lofty goal and they weren't afraid to chase it."
The Tigers played 1-under over the last four holes and Bailey said it was a testament to the team, how hard they work, and how much they wanted a strong finish.
"I talked to all the players on the 16th tee box just to remind them of how important the last three holes were to our overall finish in the tourney, and Douglas (Bailey) took that to heart and finished 2-under par in the last three holes," Coach Bailey said. "I am proud of how they bounced back the second day and kept us in the hunt for the second place trophy."
Sunset finished a spot behind Tigard, shooting 306-289 for third place.
The Apollos were led by Kamal Singh (76-69) who was 15th individually, followed by Charlie Tran (78-69), Grady Newsom (76-77), Riley James (81-74), and Tye Dechativong (76, DNP).
Jesuit finished sixth as a team, while Beaverton was 10th.
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