TIGER GIRLS EARN FIFTH AT STATE GOLF
REDMOND As one door shut for the La Grande girls' golf team, another one opened Tuesday at the 3A/2A/1A OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires State Championships at Eagle Crest Resort and Golf Course.
"I think our team did really well," said junior captain Elizabeth Garton after La Grande finished fifth in the state. "Our goal was to finish in the top five and we did. I actually thought for awhile we were going to finish higher, but we should be pretty strong next year."
La Grande returns four of the five golfers who participated at the state meet, their lone senior being Aubrey Glaze.
Tiger junior Jessica Marcum placed 16th after shooting a 176. Garton was 33rd, carding a two-round score of 192.
La Grande shaved 19 strokes off its first-day total of 399, posting a second-day 380 for a two-day total of 779 barely missing the fourth trophy spot, which went to Marist with a score of 776. La Grande placed sixth in 2003 and 10th a year ago.
Sutherlin was the team champion with a score of 733, edging Sisters by nine strokes after trailing by five after the first day.
Wilsonville junior Agatha Brzezinski won her second straight individual crown with a two-day score of 161.
Garton and Marcum both shaved four strokes off their first-day totals, but each struggled on a rugged back 9 at the Eagle Crest Resort Course. Both Tigers quadruple bogeyed par-4 No. 14.
"I should have hit an iron off the tee instead of a wood because of the tight fairway and the short hole," Marcum said. "My first two shots went out of bounds."
Marcum also thinks the Tigers will have a solid team next season.
"I think we have a good shot for next year," Marcum said. "Top five is nice, but top four would have been better. We just missed it by a little bit."
Also for the Tigers, Kira Tao tied for 38th with a 198, shooting a second-day 93 after posting a first-day 105. Amanda Webster had a score of 228 and Glaze shot a 213.
Enterprise senior Kayla Stoffel was the top local finisher, placing seventh after finishing fifth in 2004. Tournament directors stated it was one of the toughest field of scores they'd seen in some time.
"I was shooting for the top three," said Stoffel, who will golf for Boise State University next season. "It was pretty emotional setting up on that last tee box because I knew that would be it for me."
Wallowa's Crista Bomberger finished 50th. Bomberger was the only Cougar at the meet and shot a two-round 208.
OSAA/US Bank/Les Schwab Tires
3A/2A/1A Golf State Championships
At Eagle Crest Resort Course
1. Sutherlin 733, 2. Sisters 742, 3. Tillamook 768, 4. Marist 776, 5. La Grande 779.
1. Agatha Brzezinski, Wilsonville, 161; 2. Jackie Olson, Sutherlin, 162; 3. (tie)Aubrey Vaughn, Reedsport, 163; 3. (tie) Jamie Niemi, Tillamook, 163; 5. Jana Rogers, Bandon, 165; 6. Kelly Homestead, North Bend, 166; 7. Kayla Stoffel, Enterprise, 169.
La Grande results
Jessica Marcum 90-86 176; Elizabeth Garton 98-94 192; Kira Tao 105-93 198; Aubrey Glaze 106-107 213; Amanda Walker 121-107 228.
Kayla Stoffel 82-87 169; Anna Beaudoin 116-112 228; Kallie Hadden 107-125 232; Hailie Feiling 142-129 271; McCarthy/N. Holmberg 151-152 303.