The defending champion St. Mary’s girls golf team continued its strong play in the postseason and grabbed a sizable lead on the first day of the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state tournament Monday.
The Crusaders have the Nos. 2, 3 and 6 individual players and got its two best rounds of the year from its fourth and fifth players to shoot a 351 team score at Trysting Tree in Corvallis.
The top four scores count toward the team total, and St. Mary’s will hope for similar results in the second and final round Tuesday.
“We just have to come out tomorrow and do what we did,” said Crusaders coach Kevin Dixon.
St. Mary’s best score of the season was a 348 on the second day of the district tournament last week at Bandon Crossings. The Crusaders’ goal at state was 350.
St. Mary’s has a 21-stroke lead over Heppner/Ione on the par-71 course. Third-place Blanchet Catholic is another 13 shots back. Phoenix is in last place in the nine-team field with a 447.
Leader Trinity McCarthy, of La Grande, built an eight-shot cushion, firing an even-par 71.
St. Mary’s sophomore Kaylee Wu (79) and senior Staesha Flock (81) are next in line, while junior Kamryn Ford (83) is sixth.
The four finishing holes are difficult, particularly the long, par-4 18th, which played into the wind and features a severely tiered green.
“The last hole coming in kind of kicked our butt,” said Dixon, but that was true of most of the field, he said. Each Crusader double-bogeyed it.
“The girls were kind of disappointed with the way they came in, the top three,” he said. “It was pretty tough. The last few holes, you have two 5 pars and two 4 pars that are long. We played much better on the front than the back. But that’s golf. You always think you should be able to play just a little better.”
Junior Christina Owen (108) and freshman Gracie Johnson (109) shot their best rounds. Owen chipped in for a par 4 on the 12th hole.
“That’s what I was really happy with,” said Dixon of Owen’s and Johnson’s play. “(The No. 4 player) counts just as much as the one does. If we get that kind of scoring again, we’ll be pretty tough to beat.”
Wu produced the only birdie of the day for St. Mary’s, making a 2 on the seventh hole en route to a 37 on the front nine.
Phoenix was led by Maricela Alvarado-Powers. The senior is tied for 17th with a 97.
TEAM SCORES: St. Mary’s 351, Heppner/Ione 372, Blanchet Catholic 385, La Grande 387, Oregon Episcopal 393, Valley Catholic 405, Taft 408, Newport 415, Phoenix 447.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5): 1, Trinity McCarthy, La Grande, 71; 2, Kaylee Wu, St. Mary’s, 79; 3, Staesha Flock, St. Mary’s, 81; T4, Katie Goodwin, Blanchet Catholic, 82, and Maya Hatton, Taft, 82.
ST. MARY’S (351): 2, Kaylee Wu, 79; 3, Staesha Ford, 81; 6, Kamryn Ford, 83; T33, Christina Owen, 108.
PHOENIX (447): T17, Maricela Alvarado-Powers, 97; T38, Giselle Perez-Hernandez, 110; 44, Isabella Lopez, 118; 46, Willow Tous, 122.
6A TOURNAMENT: At Creswell, Grants Pass is eighth and North Medford 11th at Emerald Valley.
Westview leads the team standings with a 318 score. Grants Pass shot 383 and North Medford 415.
Sarah Skokan’s 87 tied for 29th and leads Grants Pass. Junior Carli Brousseau and sophomore Dana Jung each shot 95 and are tied for 53rd to pace the Black Tornado.
Three South Medford individuals are entered, and senior Emmie Starchvick has the low score of 93, tying for 48th.
South Salem’s Ellie Slama broke the tournament scoring record by one shot with a 7-under 65 and is in front by 11 strokes.
TEAM SCORES: Westview 318, West Linn 326, Jesuit 330, Lake Oswego 334, St. Mary’s 339, Clackamas 348, Sunset 356, Grants Pass 383, Sheldon 388, South Salem 410, North Medford 415, Lincoln 426.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5): 1, Ellie Slama, South Salem, 65; 2, Jessica Ponce, Westview, 76; T3, McKenna Vanko, St. Mary’s, 77, and Jennifer Kang, Westview, 77; T5, Summer Marshall, West Linn, 78, Ashley Zhu, South Salem, 78, Amy Wagner, Jesuit, 78, and Olivia Vanderby, West Linn, 78.
OTHER LOCAL SCORES: T48, Emmie Starchvick, South Medford, 93; T58, Morgan Couch, South Medford, 99; T60, Kirsten Reed, South Medford, 100..
NORTH MEDFORD (415): T53, Carli Brousseau, 95, and Dana Jung, 95; T77, Ellysa Rudy, 111; 80, Fernanda Gardea, 114.
5A TOURNAMENT: At Creswell, Crater freshman Haley Brown, who qualified as an individual, is tied for 10th place with a 92 after Day 1 of the two-day tourney at Emerald Valley.
Her teammate, sophomore Caitlin O’Connor, also in as individual, shot a 101 and is tied for 21st.
TEAM SCORES: Wilsonville 359, Pendleton 363, Summit 365, Bend 375, Hermiston 405, Crescent Valley 408, Woodburn 425, Lebanon 496.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5): 1, Kaitlyn Howe, Wilsonville, 73; T2, Haley Greb, Pendleton, 75, and Olivia Loberg, Summit, 75; 4, Shayla Berrey, Crescent Valley, 80; 5, Josephine Fraser, Summit, 82.
LOCAL SCORES: T10, Haley Brown, Crater, 92; T21, Caitlin O’Connor, 101.
6A TOURNAMENT: At Banks, defending champion Reese Fisher, of South Medford, battled back from two double bogeys on the front nine to shoot a 75 at Quail Valley, helping the Panthers to sixth place after Day 1 of the two-day tournament.
The senior Fisher, who is tied for ninth place, made a 7 on the third hole and a 6 on the ninth, going out in 40. He birdied both par 5s on the back around one bogey for a 1-under 35.
Nick Timm, of Jesuit, leads the individual race with a 70, and two are tied for second at 73.
Jesuit shot a 293 and leads the team race over Lake Oswego (310).
Fisher is trying to become only the second player in 48 years to win consecutive big-school titles.
Sophomore teammate Gabe Provencio shot 78, freshman Riggs Loftin 80 and senior Zach Stranahan 85.
North Medford’s Jordan Davis qualified as an individual and is tied for 64th with an 87.
TEAM SCORES: Jesuit 293, Lake Oswego 310, Sunset 311, Clackamas 314, West Linn 317, South Medford 318, West Salem 326, Beaverton 326, Tualatin 328, Lincoln 332, Willamette 343, South Eugene 348.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5): 1, Nick Timm, Jesuit, 70; T2, Danny Terrell, Jesuit, 73, and Joe Torkelson, Lake Oswego, 73; T4, Andrew Eyre, West Salem, 74, Brody Hval, Sunset, 74, Sam Pyon, Clackamas, 74, Nick Lasko, Clackamas, 74, and Kevin Orr, Sunset, 74.
OTHER LOCAL SCORES: T9, Jackson Bartow, Grants Pass, 75; T64, Jordan Davis, North Medford, 87.
SOUTH MEDFORD (318): T9, Reese Fisher, 75; T22, Gabe Provencio, 78; T33, Riggs Loftin, 80; T53, Zach Stranahan, 85.
3A/2A/1A TOURNAMENT: At Redmond, Ben Quast matched his best round of the season with a 2-under 70 to lead two-time defending champion Cascade Christian to a five-shot lead after the first round of the two-day tourney at the Eagle Crest Ridge Course.
Quast is in second place by one stroke to Oakridge’s Joel Snyder. Quast’s previous best round was a 70 at Bandon Crossings early in the season.
Oregon Episcopal had three players in the 30s through nine holes and led by six shots, but the Challengers made a push on the back nine and sit at 325 to the Aardvarks’ 330. Blanchet Catholic is third at 346.
Quast, who tied for seventh last year, had a solid round of four birdies, two bogeys and the rest pars. Teammate Max Valle is tied for 11th with an 80, followed by the Challengers’ Ryan Collum (84) and Nash O’Hara (91).
All are seniors.
TEAM SCORES: Cascade Christian 325, Oregon Episcopal 330, Blanchet Catholic 346, Portland Adventist 351, Heppner/Ione 358, Oakridge 360, Columbia Christian 362, Regis 367, Enterprise 371, La Pine 373, Bandon 398, Burns 405, Taft 419.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5): 1, Joel Snyder, Oakridge, 69; 2, Ben Quast, Cascade Christian, 70; 3, Jackson Kennon, Bandon, 72; 4, Will Conyers, Catlin Gabel, 74; T5, Logan Grieb, Heppner/Ione, 75, and Alden Felstiner, Oregon Episcopal, 75.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN (325): 2, Ben Quast, 70; T11, Max Valle, 80; 20, Ryan Collom, 84; T31, Nash O’Hara, 91.