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La Grande’s Carrie Wallace chips out of the sand on the fourth hole at Pendleton Country Club Tuesday during the Special District 7 golf tournament. Wallace finished second individually with a two-day total of 163. (Casey Kellas/The Observer)
La Grande senior fails to hold lead, forced to settle for second place at districts
PENDLETON — Carrie Wallace just missed out on a district title and the La Grande girls golf team just missed out on a trip to the state tournament Tuesday at the Special District 7 golf tournament at Pendleton Country Club.
Wallace held a six-stroke lead after shooting a 76 on Monday at PCC.
But the senior posted an 87 Tuesday while Ontario’s Riley Helmick followed up an 82 with a 76 of her own to win the individual district title by five strokes over Wallace.
“I’m a little disappointed. I kind of gave it away,” Wallace said. “(Riley) played really good, and I didn’t play very well.”
Wallace had nine pars and three birdies during Monday’s round. But she struggled on Tuesday, going out in 42 and coming home in 45 to open the door for Helmick.
Wallace admitted that she knew where she stood
“Yeah (I knew). And I started to realize there
Despite missing out on a district crown, Wallace was still pleased with second place.
“I wanted to go to state, but it would have been nice to grab district my senior year,” Wallace said. “My putting was good yesterday, and my driving was pretty good today. My chips were fairly good. They helped kind of save me.”
But while Wallace clinched herself a spot in the state tournament by finishing in the top five, the Lady Tigers as a team missed out on qualifying by three strokes.
After shooting a first-day score of 400, LHS trailed first-place Ontario by just seven shots heading into Tuesday. But La Grande shot a 422 on Tuesday and got passed by Heppner for second place and a spot at state.
“I think we had a difficult day,” LHS assistant coach Jayne Baremore said Tuesday.
“It takes a whole team to win it, and it takes a whole team to lose it. Bad course management probably cost us. A lot of mental mistakes out there.”
La Grande did shave 82 strokes off of last year’s district score, Baremore added.
“I am very proud of the girls and they played well even though they struggled,” Baremore said. “It just wasn’t meant to be for us today.”
Kayli Miles finished in sixth place for the Lady Tigers, tallying a two-day total of 194.
Tessa VanLaarhoven carded a total of 228, while Cassidee Miller shot a 237 and Desiree Kellogg finished with a 285.
Wallace will now prepare for the state tournament held at Eagle Crest Ridge Course in Redmond next week.
She finished 23rd overall at the state tournament last season.
“(I want to shoot) 80s, hopefully 70s. Just play good and have fun,” Wallace said of her goal at state. “I wanna be top 15, maybe top 10, we’ll see.”
Her coach thinks she’ll do just fine.
“She’ll do well,” Baremore said. “She’ll pull it together and finish strong. She’ll step it up again for state.”
Morton leads Outlaws
Jill Morton led the Enterprise girls golf team with a 213, good enough for 11th place.
Teammate Hayley Riggs was seven strokes back with a 220, McKenna Miller shot a 224, Carsen Sajonia carded a 231 and Stephanie George finished with a 237.
Lindsey Hulse was the only Cove golfer in the field, and she finished with a two-day total of 267 for the Leopards.