The Lions place third at the Class 6A state tournament, trailing just Jesuit and Westview

TIDINGS PHOTO: MILES VANCE - West Linn sophomore Olivia Venderby chips onto the green during Tuesday's round at the Class 6A girls state tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis.A tradition of excellence.

Nothing can better describe the West Linn girls golf program.

While the Lions didn't win the 2018 Class 6A state championship, West Linn again proved itself to be one of the state's best and most consistent programs. The Lions, after winning four state crowns in a seven-year span between 2010 and 2016, finished third at this year's state tournament, held Monday and Tuesday at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis.

Jesuit finished first at 603, followed by Westview (last year's state champion) at 612 and West Linn (last year's state runner-up) at 627.

The top-10 team scoring in the tournament included: Jesuit 603, Westview 612, West Linn 627, Clackamas 647, Lake Oswego 654, Sunset 682, Sprague 703, Roseburg 711, Sheldon 723 and Grants Pass 736.

"I am proud of our team," said West Linn senior Avery Gill, who shot 83-75—158 to place 20th overall. "We really pulled through today and were able to put up strong scores. I think that we really left it all out there today and did the best we could."

"I'm really proud of our team's perseverance and grit at state, and throughout the entire season," said Lion sophomore Olivia Venderby, who placed 10th overall after going 74-78—152. "We practiced every day for several months, both as a team and individually, and put all of our hard work out on the course this week."

While both Venderby and Gill left knowing they could have done even more over the course of the tournament, they still left proud of their efforts.

"Finishing my season here is also finishing my four years in high school," Gill said. "I am so proud of myself being able to get myself here, to play and compete with the top girls in the state."

"At the end of the day, I accomplished my goal of placing in the top 10, so I'm proud of that," Venderby said. "I'm really proud of myself and my team for working so hard to make it to state."

In addition to their efforts, freshman Lauren Grothe placed 20th overall after shooting 80-79—159, senior Katie Williams finished 23rd at 84-77—161 and sophomore Brady Turnquist was 26th at 81-81—162.

In the individual scoring, Lake Oswego senior Tya Seth and Westview sophomore Alexa Udom tied for first at 142.

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