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'DUMB' GOLFING DOESN'T KEEP TIGERS FROM TITLES

PUTT WON'T FALL: La Grande's Zach Lauritzen tries to will is putt into the 15th hole Tuesday at the Wildhorse Golf Course. Lauritzen shared district co-champion honors with Baker's Derek Riggs. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).
PUTT WON'T FALL: La Grande's Zach Lauritzen tries to will is putt into the 15th hole Tuesday at the Wildhorse Golf Course. Lauritzen shared district co-champion honors with Baker's Derek Riggs. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).

By Pat Perkins

Observer Staff Writer

MISSION A lot of golfers Tuesday wished they were as dumb as La Grande High Schools Zach Lauritzen and Kelli Greenough.

Neither played their best Tuesday after having first-day leads at their respective district golf tournaments. But Lauritzen tied for top medalist honors and Greenough finished tied for second, and both will compete with their teams next week at their state tournaments.

I was really retarded and should have been in first place, a half-joking Greenough said after shooting an 88 Tuesday. My putting was really bad.

Lauritzen, who has been sick with throat problems and allergies the last few days, shot a 77 and was caught by a surging Derek Riggs of Baker; both golfers shot a two-day 147 on the 18-hole, par-72 Wildhorse Golf Course.

I was dumb, Lauritzen said, adding that his sickness was not an excuse for shooting so bad today.

Both La Grande teams won district titles, although the boys had more pressure. The Tiger girls had a 47-stroke lead after Mondays play and ended up beating Riverside by 62 strokes. Behind Riggs, the Baker boys shot a 310 Tuesday to La Grandes 316, but still fell five strokes short of the Tigers.

Both La Grande coaches were pleased as punch.

All the girls played better than they had been playing, girls coach Candy Brooks said. Tuesday, they didnt fall apart. They shot pretty much what they needed to.

La Grande boys coach Don McAndie was amazed that Lauritzen was able to shoot a 70 Monday.

His round yesterday with a 70 is pretty amazing considering how sick he was, McAndie said. District champion, thats not bad. To go out your senior year as co-champion is a great thing.

Lauritzen had a four-stroke lead over Ontarios Andrew Kressly after Mondays round, but Riggs, who was six strokes back, blew them both away Tuesday. He shot 34 on the front nine and pulled within one of Lauritzen, who shot a 39.

I wasnt hitting the ball solid, I wasnt chipping and I wasnt making any putts, so that would equate to a bad game, Lauritzen said.

Riggs took a one-stroke lead on the back nine, but Lauritzens tee shot on 16 was within 5 feet of the hole and he two-putted for par. Riggs came up short on a long putt, missed a 6-footer and tapped in for a bogey.

Greenough had a six-stroke lead after Monday over Ontarios Anna Jaramillo, but Jaramillo gained three strokes on the front nine Tuesday and shot a 39 on the back nine to win by two strokes.

I wasnt focused today. I was very focused yesterday, said Greenough, a sophomore.

Greenoughs front nine Monday was one of two major surprises for Brooks. She had a 35 that included a two-stroke penalty for knocking another players ball on a putt.

Brooks other surprise was Summer Presleys 44 on the back nine Monday. Shes never shot that low, Brooks said. Ive never seen her beam like Ive seen her beaming.

Kelli Tucker had a consistent tournament for La Grande, shooting a two-day 172 and finishing fourth. Tuesdays biggest improvement, however, came from Nicole Lewis, who shaved 18 strokes off her score with a 103.

The Tiger boys Austin Young was tied for fourth with Kressly after a two-day 155. Todd McAndie had Tuesdays low round for La Grande, shooting a 76 and finishing sixth at 156.

The Enterprise girls finished fifth overall but were the top Class 2A team in the girls tournament. Tasha Marcum led Enterprise with a 36-hole 190.

Wallowas girls were 10th and led by Camilla Swifts 248.

Greater Oregon League Boys Golf District Tournament

Tuesday, at Wildhorse Golf Course, Mission

Team scores (top two to state) La Grande 313-316629; Baker 324-310634; Ontario 317-320637; Riverside 340-340680; Vale 358-348706; McLoughlin 367-349716; Burns 368-369737; Grant Union 399-397796.

Top five individuals (to state) 1 (tie), Zach Lauritzen, La Grande, 70-77147; 1 (tie), Derek Riggs, Baker, 76-71147; 3, Dave Cramer, Burns, 75-79154; 4 (tie), Austin Young, La Grande, 76-79155; 4 (tie), Andrew Kressly, Ontario, 74-81155.

LA GRANDE (313-316629) Todd McAndie 80-76156; Tyler Tucker 87-84171; Travis Geraci 87-91178.

District 7-3A/2A/1A Girls Golf District Tournament

Tuesday, at Wildhorse Golf Course, Mission

Team scores (top two to state) La Grande 361-379740; Riverside 408-394802; Burns 412-420832; Ontario 417-423840; Enterprise 437-448885; Baker 444-456900; Heppner 458-452910; Grant Union 486-481967; Vale 527-4951,022; Wallowa 524-5261,050; Union inc.; Echo inc.

Top five individuals (to state) 1, Anna Jaramillo, Ontario, 83-80163; 2 (tie), Kelli Greenough, La Grande, 77-88165; 2 (tie), Shannon Wetherell, Riverside, 88-77165; 4, Kelli Tucker, La Grande, 85-87172; 5, Michelle Cornagey, Burns, 87-87174.

LA GRANDE (361-379740) Carrie Waldrop 99-101200, Summer Presley 100-108208, Nicole Lewis 121-103224.

ENTERPRISE (437-448885) Tasha Marcum 88-102190, Ashley Anderson 108-106214, Cami Conrad 116-121237, Shannon Talbott 125-119244, Jennifer Williams/Sonja Thompson 135-132267.

WALLOWA (524-5261,050) Camilla Swift 125-123248, Sadie Isley 129-125254, Angela Bombaci 125-135260, Kristin Burns 145-143286, Elizabeth Mathews 189-153342.

UNION Meghan Whitlock 152-144296.

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