Prep girls golf

McCarthy brings home state championship

LHS senior shoots 146 to win title as Tigers take fifth as a team; Wallowa/Joseph's Suto finishes fourth individually

By Ronald Bond, The La Grande Observer, @lgoBond

For the second time in school history, and the first time in 14 years, La Grande has a state champion in girls golf.

Trinity McCarthy capped off her stellar prep career with a masterful performance of Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, shooting a two-day score of 146 to win the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state championship Monday and Tuesday.

Her state title is the first outright in LHS program history. The Tigers’ other state champion was Kelli Greenough, who tied for first with Ontario’s Anna Jaramillo in 2003.

McCarthy’s score was also among the best since the OSAA combined Classes 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A into one entity for golf. Only Reedsport’s Monica Vaughn (140 in 2013) and Henley’s Kaitlin Collom (144 in 2012) recorded lower scores among the state champions in that 11-year timespan.

McCarthy set herself up early Monday with four birdies during a five-hole stretch to reach 4-under par after eight holes. She added a fifth birdie on the 10th, and finished the round at an even-par 71. The senior followed with a consistent second round, shooting par on 12 holes and finishing at 4-over 75. She added a birdie on the 10th hole, her sixth of the tournament.

McCarthy finished nine shots ahead of Kaylee Wu, of St. Mary’s, who turned in a score of 155. The rest of the top five was Staesha Flock, St. Mary’s (156); Wallowa/Joseph’s Tori Suto (161) and Blanchet’s Katie Goodwin (164).

Suto, the lone representative for Wallowa/Joseph, improved five spots on a year ago, when she tied for ninth. The sophomore finished the first round with a score of 84 and in a tie for seventh. She had the best Day 2 improvement of anyone in the top 10, cutting seven strokes to finish with a round of 77. Her second round included a back-nine total shot just 1-over and which featured two birdies.

As a team, the Tigers recorded an overall score of 806 to take fifth place. The Tigers shot a combined score of 387 on Monday, but slipped to 419 Tuesday.

The team state champion was St. Mary’s which carded a two-day total of 706.

Tori Bowen, who was second for La Grande, took 33rd overall, shooting 105 Monday and 113 Tuesday for a score of 218. Baylee McNeil and Katie Williams finished 39th and 40th, respectively. McNeil (112, 116) whose tournament included an early birdie Monday, finished with 228. Williams (115, 115) finished with 230.

Alyssa Schelin didn’t compete in the second round, but turned in a first-round score of 99.

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