Tori Suto didn’t feel like she played a great round of golf Tuesday.
It was still enough to win the La Grande Invitational.
Suto, the lone Wallowa/Joseph golfer to take the course, shot an 80 to take top honors at La Grande’s home tournament at La Grande Country Club.
“I played pretty mediocre and had mediocre shots, but nothing was quite bad,” she said. “It was just nothing was fantastic. But that was enough to win.”
She attributed the ability to shoot low despite the off day to the layout being similar to her home course.
“The greens are smaller and the course has trees that line everything so it’s really easy to stay in the fairway,” she said.
Suto won by four strokes. Heppner’s Sasha Keown was second with a round of 84.
On the team side, the Mustangs cruised to the title with 368 points. Pendleton was second at 418 and Hermiston was third at 424.
The host Tigers finished just behind the Bulldogs in fourth at 429. Head coach Cally Goss said the round was in the scoring range with what La Grande has been posting recently.
“It’s about what they've been shooting,” she said. “They all would like to be in the high 90s. They're still striving for that goal. And it’s attainable. It’s just a few shots away. Overall it was a decent day for the Lady Tigers. They’re still young.”
Alyssa Schelin paced a tight La Grande group with a score of 102. It was the second time Schelin has been either first or tied for first for La Grande, continuing a theme of parity among the top of the team leaderboard. So far, four different players have led the way for the Tigers.
“Once again they mixed it up on how they finished,” Goss said, noting that Schelin was the Tigers’ No. 4 golfer Tuesday.
Schelin called her round an up and down day, but overall was happy with her score.
“It could be better, but it’s golf,” the sophomore said. “As a team, I’m proud of us. We finished in the rain and the weather. I know as a team we can do better than what we did today, but there is always time to improve.”
Katie Williams was right on Schelin’s heels, finishing with a 104. Morgan Tussey followed with a 109, Tori Bowen shot a 114 and Alexyss Chamberlain carded a 126.
Schelin said the team balance, and even the seeding, can serve as motivation and result in any of the players on the team leading the scoring.
“You definitely want to be at the top of the team (in seeding). It pushes you to want to beat your teammates,” she said. “Even though we’re a team we still want to do good individually.”
Also on the local scoreboard, Gracie Carlsen, the lone player for Enterprise, finished with a score of 108. Sadie Royes, the only Imbler golfer to complete 18 holes, took a score of 121.
The teams are back in action Thursday at Heppner.