Tori Suto ran away with another district title, shooting a two-day score of 155 — 14 strokes better than the runner-up — to claim the 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 4 girls championship Monday and Tuesday in Pendleton, earning an individual state berth.
“(She was) keeping the ball in play, not getting out in the long grass and (wasn’t) making big numbers. Just being consistent,” Wallowa/Joseph head coach Marvin Gibbs said.
The Wallowa/Joseph standout and state title contender put the championship out of reach Monday, shooting an opening round of 78 that left her 11 strokes ahead of the eventual second-place finisher — Nicole Propheter of Heppner. Suto was even better Tuesday, carding a final round of 77.
It was the second district title in as many years for Suto, who was a state runner-up in 2018. The win also gave the senior top-three finishes at district all four years of her career, as she placed third as a freshman and second as a sophomore.
“I was happy with her results. Two-time district champion and four-time state qualifier — you can’t have a much better career than that,” Gibbs said.
Meanwhile, the La Grande Tigers finished second overall behind Heppner to earn a berth to the state tournament for the third year in a row.
“They pulled through. They fought hard in this district tournament, and Pendleton Country Club played pretty difficult,” head coach Cally Goss said. “I felt they played fantastic and handled the pressure extremely well.”
The Tigers turned in an overall score of 805 after shooting a total of 405 Monday and following with a score of 400
Heppner finished with a score of 753.
Individually, LHS junior Katie Williams led the Tigers, placing third with a score of 180. Williams was the lone Tiger to break 100 each day, opening with a score of 93 on Monday, then improving to a total of 87 Tuesday, which was the third-best round of the day.
“Really thrilled for Katie and how well she played both days,” Goss said. “She was just consistent throughout the whole district tournament.... Her goal was to get in the top five, and for her to get into third was the highlight of her career.”
Baylee McNeil placed seventh with a total score of 200 and was a model of consistency, as the senior had a score of 100 both days.
Morgan Tussey, who opened with a round of 107 on Monday, followed with a score of 102 Tuesday for a two-day score of 209 and a 10th-place finish. Tori Bowen rounded out the Tigers scoring with a 216 after posting a 105 on Monday and a 111 Tuesday.
Suto as an individual, and LHS as a team, will compete at the 4A/3A/2A/1A state tournament Monday and Tuesday in Redmond.