Observer staff

Four golfers finished in the top five as the La Grande girls golf team rolled to victory at the Baker Invitational Monday.

The Tigers turned in a team score of 406, more than 75 strokes better than runner-up Ontario, which took second with a score of 482. Burns (518), McLoughlin (522) and Nyssa (540) rounded out the top five.

“The girls were excited to get their first first-place finish as a team,” La Grande head coach Cally Goss said.

Individually, La Grande’s Trinity McCarthy recorded a score of 77 to win the tournament by 17 strokes over Baker’s Paige Pearce. Baker’s Lisa Finley came in third at 104, followed by a trio of Tigers — Alyssa Schelin (105), and Tori Bowen and Katie Williams, who both shot 112 to tie for fifth. Morgan Tussey rounded out La Grande’s top five, shooting 114 to come in eighth.

“Their rate of improvement is rather astounding,” Goss said. “It’s because they each have such a strong work ethic and have put in the hours both during our regular practices and on their own time. It’s really exciting to watch their improvement and enthusiasm for the game.”

The Tigers compete again Friday at Heppner.

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