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Ashland’s Ginny Cotton in eighth place after first round of Class 5A state tourney

CORVALLIS — Entering the OSAA Class 5A girls golf state tournament, Ashland High School senior Ginny Cotton set a goal of finishing in the top 10.

Through the first half of the tournament, she’s in a pretty good spot to do just that.

Overcoming a couple of tough double bogeys to open her round at Trysting Tree Golf Course on Monday morning, Cotton’s first-round score of 88 has her sitting in eighth place at the midway point of her first-ever appearance at the state tournament.

Cotton was able to hit a 20-foot putt on her first hole of the day to avoid a triple bogey, then put her ball into the hazard to have the double-double start.

She rebounded with back-to-back pars on her next two holes to steady the ship.

Even though she had four double bogeys on the day, Cotton parred four of her last five holes to close out the round with momentum.

“She totally figured it out and started playing unbelievable,” Ashland head coach Aidan Jones said. “She kept her head down and kept plugging away.”

Cotton is one of eight players in the tournament who qualified solely on their individual score at districts rather than being there with her entire team. Out of those eight players unattached to a team, Cotton had the best first-round score.

She will be a part of a four-team group with Emily Miller from La Salle High School (91, tied for 13th), Selah Lubben of Wilsonville (94, T18) and Parkrose’s Shelbie Dunn (90, 12) that tees off at 8:06 a.m. this morning.

Contact Danny Penza at 541-776-4483 or dpenza@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @penzatopaper.

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