LA GRANDE'S REPEAT HOPES DIM
REDMOND A repeat of their 2004 3A state golf title may not be in the cards for the La Grande boys golf team.
After the first day of competition at the OSAA state tournament in Redmond, La Grande was in ninth place with a team score of 341. Greater Oregon League runner-up Ontario was in third with a score of 320 and Siuslaw was in the team lead wtih a score of 306.
Play resumed today at Eagle Crest Resort and Golf Course at 8 a.m.
Leading La Grande individually after day one is Christian Siltanen after the junior shot a ten-over 82 for 26th place. Senior Cory Steele is in 35th with an 84, Sam Young was in 46th with a 86.
District champion Ricky Gloria shot a 17-over 89 and is in 61st place. Siuslaw's Jesse Schute was atop the leader board after one day with a three-under 69.
Also in Redmond, the 3A/2A/1A girls tournament is shaping up for quite a battle down the stretch, for both the team and individual titles.
With Sisters leading the team standings with a 369, La Grande was in fifth after the first day with a 399. Enterprise, the only other team from Union or Wallowa county at the tourney, was 17th at 447.
Enterprise's Kayla Stoffel, who finished fifth at last year's tournament, finds herself in a tie for sixth with Jacqueline Olson of Sutherlin after each shot 82s in Monday's first round.
Cecelia Ferlam of Molalla and Jamie Niemi had the precarious first day individual lead with a 79 apiece. Nine golfers are within six strokes of the lead, including three tied at 80.
For La Grande, district champ Jessica Marcum is currently in 17th with a score of 90, Elizabeth Garton is 37th (98), Kira Tao is 47th (105) and Aubrey Glaze 49th (106).
Kallie Hadden of Enterprise is in 55th place.
Play resumed today, with pairings starting at 8 a.m. Stoffel teed off in pursuit of the individual championship at 10:06 a.m.