May 13, 2002 11:00 pm

REDMOND — There's room for improvement for La Grande at the OSAA-U.S. Bank Class 3A Boys Golf Tournament, and improvement could get them a trophy today.

La Grande was in fifth place after the first day of competition at the Eagle Crest Resort, just 12 strokes out of the lead.

La Grande's 333 was four strokes behind LaSalle's 329. Tillamook led the tournament with a 321, followed by Baker's 324 and Sisters' 327.

"We're doing OK. We're right in the middle of the pack," La Grande coach Don McAndie said.

Todd McAndie led La Grande with an 80, followed by Bill Waldrop's 82 and Tyler Tucker's 83. Willie Vaughn shot an 88 and Ricky Gloria had a 96.

Don McAndie said he felt each player could cut five strokes off their score.

"We can probably move up," he said. "Today, a lot of it was tournament jitters. Tyler and Todd are the only ones who've played a state tournament before. This is a big deal.

"If we can make the putts drop, I think we'll be right there."

OSAA-U.S. Bank Class 3A Boys Golf State Championships

Monday, at Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond

Team scores — Tillamook 321, Baker 324, Sisters 327, LaSalle 329, La Grande 333, Scappoose 342, Hidden Valley 344, Astoria 359, Stayton 365, Newport 367, Marist 369, Siuslaw 370, Henley 371, Sutherlin 375, South Umpqua 382.

Leader — Sam Cain, North Valley, 76.

LA GRANDE (333) — Todd McAndie 80, Bill Waldrop 82, Tyler Tucker 83, Willie Vaughn 88, Ricky Gloria 96.

LG girls sit in 12th place after first day

REDMOND — La Grande was 12th after the first day of the OSAA-U.S. Bank Class 3A/2A/1A Girls Golf State Championships.

Marist leads with a team score of 337. La Grande was 58 strokes back.

Kelli Greenough shot an 89, Carrie Waldrop had a 98, and Sommer Presley and Nicole Lewis were tied with 104. Bess Buzzard and Kacey Evins were also tied with 118.

Kayla Miller of Enterprise had a 92.

Anna Jaramillo of Ontario had the top score after the first day with a 77.

Enterprise boys fourth

WOODBURN — Santiam Christian led after the first day of the OSAA-U.S. Bank Class 2A/1A Boys Golf State Championships. Santiam Christian's team score was 327.

Enterprise trailed Santiam Christian by 16 strokes for fourth place.

Jeff Nigro of Santiam Christian and Nic Caplan of St. Mary's were tied with the leading score of 76.

Kyle Crawford was tied with Ben Sisler of Santiam Christian for the second top score of 79.

Cory Siebe had an 84, Nathan Slinker shot an 88, Derek Huff finished with 92. Grady Rawls did not have a score.

— From Observer staff reports