La Grande’s Carrie Wallace chips on the second hole at La Grande Country Club Tuesday. Wallace finished with an 88, winning the individual title. (CASEY KELLAS/The Observer)
Senior leads Lady Tigers squad to third-place finish
by CASEY KELLAS / The Observer
La Grande’s Carrie Wallace didn’t have the easiest day on the links Tuesday.
But it did turn into a day that she isn’t soon to forget.
Wallace carded an 88 to win the individual title at La Grande Country Club, the senior’s final home tournament of her high school career.
“I played pretty good. I had to put my driver away, but I still played fine. Had some tree trouble, but was able to cut back on it,” Wallace said.
Wallace said she was having trouble slicing the ball with her driver, so she decided to just keep the club in the bag.
The strategy worked.
Wallace went out in 44 strokes and came home with a 44, carding eight pars and finishing four strokes ahead of Heppner’s Blake Greenup (92) for the title.
“It’s awesome,” Wallace said of her win on her home course. “I just thought (about the fact it’s the last home tournament). That’s really cool.”
Shelby Greb and Rachael Phinney of Pendleton both shot 94 to tie for third place, while La Grande’s Kayli Miles shot a 99 to round out the top five individuals.
Adding to the La Grande team score were Tessa VanLaarhoven with a 118, Cassidee Miller with a 133 and Dez Kellogg with a 154.
The Lady Tigers finished third overall with a 438, while Pendleton won with a 427 and Hermiston finished second with a 434.
LHS assistant coach Jayne Baremore said playing at home can sometimes add to the players’ stresses on the course. But she was pleased with how her team
“When you have spectators following you, it adds a little more pressure for you to perform,” the coach said. “But they’re numbers were pretty consistent (with how they’ve been practicing).”
The Lady Tigers will play at Pendleton on Thursday.
Morton leads Outlaws
The Enterprise girls golf team combined to shoot a 575 at the La Grande Country Club links on Tuesday.
Jill Morton carded a team-best 106, while Stephanie George shot a 114. Hayley Riggs finished with a 116, McKenna Miller shot a 117 and Carsen Sajonia fired a 122. Enterprise plays in Pendleton on Friday.