For the seventh year, the girl's golf team qualified for state after placing fourth in districts

ARCHIVE PHOTO - Wilsonville Wildcats girls golf team qualifies for state meet with fourth place finish in league. It was a rebuilding year, according to Wilsonville girls golf coach Mike Nichols. The team had aspirations of getting back to state, but after graduating six seniors from last year's state championship team it was going to be tough. Luckily, the improvements that the team made over the course of the season put them in position to participate in the biggest match of the year.

"The team improved mentally, emotionally, but most of all in confidence," Nichols said. "They just started believing they could compete. The confidence directly impacted the rest of their game."

It was a team-wide phenomenon. Over the course of the season, the varsity squad had at 10 members who played at least one round of varsity golf.

"We really didn't have one all-star, it seemed to be someone different every week," Nichols said. "The five who went to regionals did an amazing job handling the pressure and the circumstances. What made it special was that you never knew who was going to post a career best on any given day."

The five that competed at regionals were Selah Lubben, Sabyn Thoune, Ali Nelson, Penelope Mitchell, and Karra Kaiser, who took the fourth spot overall to qualify for state. The team was led by lone senior Selah Lubben who on the second day of regionals shot a 98, the lowest Wilsonville total of the tournament.

In making the state tournament, it will be a proving ground for a relatively untested team. This is the season this particular squad has played varsity, and now they get the chance to do so at the highest level.

"They were all playing JV and JV 2 last year," Nichols said. "We are improving every week but there are some outstanding teams across the state. There are eight teams at the state tournament, and I am hoping we can finish fifth, sixth, or seventh to be honest. The good news is we return 90% of this team next year."

The girls take to the course for state competition on May 14 and 15, after the Spokesman goes to press.

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