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Caitlin Dalton led the Cowgirls to a ninth-place finish at the state golf championships. Dalton fired rounds of 92-107-199 to tie for 30th overall.
The Crook County Cowgirls finished in the middle of the pack at this year’s OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A State Golf Championships.
“It was just a learning experience for the team,” said Crook County head coach Grant Patterson. “They were disappointed today, but looking back, I think they will be pleased.”
The Cowgirls fired their lowest score of the year on Monday, recording a score of 413 at the tournament, which was held at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Redmond.
However, the team struggled on day two, posting a round of 433 to finish ninth in the tournament.
The Cowgirls’ two-day total of 846 was 133 strokes back of eventual winner, Molalla, which finished with a score of 713.
Valley Catholic finished a distant second with a score of 772. Seaside took third with a score of 782, while Taft took the final trophy position with a score of 783. Ontario (798), La Pine (800), Heppner (811), Reedsport (833), Crook County, and Bandon (865) rounded out the top 10.
Caitlin Dalton fired rounds of 92-107—199 to pace the Cowgirls at the tournament. After posting one of her best scores of the year in the first round, Dalton struggled on day two when she was paired with eventual tournament medalist Monica Vaughn of Reedsport. Vaughn carded rounds of 69-71—140 to finish four-under-par for the tournament.
“Dalton played with the girl that was the medalist for the tournament so that was tough,” Patterson said. “She was a little overwhelmed, but that’s just something that they have to learn.
Henley’s Kaitlin Collom finished second in the tournament with a score of 141, while Mazama’s Hannah Reynolds took third (145).
Dalton, who was 20th after the first day of the tournament, fell to 30th overall.
Chelsea Shank was the second Cowgirl in, finishing tied for 39th with rounds of 103-103—206. Rounding out the scoring for the Cowgirls were Cora White (106-105—211) and Sierra Smith (112-118—230). Also competing in the tournament for the Cowgirls were Maddie Kasberger who finished with a score of 121 on the first day of the tournament and McKenzie Thompson who recorded a round of 128 on day two.
“They set up the course a little longer and a little tougher on the second day,” Patterson said. “The course just kind of beat them up. When you start to struggle a little bit, and the course is that tough, it can really bite you.”
Still, Patterson was pleased with the team’s overall performance and is looking forward to having the entire team back next season.
“I’m proud of the girls,” he said. “They worked hard all year and they kept getting better. The whole tournament is just a great learning experience. They are talking about playing in the summer, which is really important and I think that they are ready to get better.”
OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A State Golf Championships
Monday and Tuesday, May 13-14
at Eagle Ridge Golf Course
Team scores — 1. Molalla 356-357—713. 2. Valley Catholic 378-394—772. 3. Seaside 391-391—782. 4. Taft 382-401—783. 5. Ontario 394-404—798. 6. La Pine 404-396—800. 7. Heppner 402-409—811. 8. Reedsport 408-425—833. 9. Crook County 413-433—846. 10. Bandon 423-442—865. 11. Scappoose 437-440—877. 12. Blanchet Catholic 426-458—884. 13. St. Mary’s 458-438—896. 14. North Valley 442-472—914.
Individual top 10 — 1. Monica Vaughn, Reedsport, 69-71—140. 2. Kaitlin Collom, Henley, 68-73—141. 3. Hannah Reynolds, Mazama, 69-76—145. 4. Kylie Collom, Henley, 74-76—150. 5. Jessi Weaver, Taft, 78-75—153. 6. Lindsie LaBonte, Valley Catholic, 76-78—154. 7. Brooke Spencer, Sutherlin, 81-76—157. 9. Riley Helmick, Ontario, 77-83—160. 10. Sydney Kind, McKenzie, 76-87—163.
Crook County (413-433—846) — Caitlin Dalton 92-107—199; Chelsea Shank 103-103—206; Cora White 106-105—211; Sierra Smith 112-118—230; Maddie Kasberger/McKenzie Thompson 121-128—249.