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The Beavers' success also ties them with Jesuit in points race

by: MILES VANCE - UP AND OUT - Southridge sophomore Marissa King blasts out of a greenside bunker during the Tuesday Metro League match at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.

BANKS — Just two weeks into the 2013 Metro League girls golf race and there’s already a whole bunch of interesting story lines developing.

Can anyone beat Lincoln this year? The Cardinals have won each of the year’s first two Metro tournaments.

Is Jesuit really vulnerable? The Crusaders have had a lock on the Metro League title for 12 years in a row, but finished third in Tuesday’s tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course.

Can Beaverton continue the strong play it showed on Tuesday and win a second straight team berth to state? The Beavers took second behind Lincoln on Tuesday and moved into a second-place tie with the Crusaders.

While none of these questions can be answered definitively yet, Tuesday’s results showed that the 2013 league race is going to be a beauty.by: MILES VANCE - FEELING CHIPPER - Beaverton sophomore Gigi Stoll chips onto the second green en route to her league-leading even-par 72 on Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.

Lincoln, getting 64 points from Audrey Horn and another 57 from Phoebe Nguyen in the league’s modified Stableford scoring system, led the way on Tuesday with 235 points while the second-place Beavers ended the tournament with 223. That output lifted Lincoln to 28 points in the season points race and gave it a six-point lead there over both Beaverton and Jesuit.

As to Beaverton’s Tuesday success, sophomore Gigi Stoll — the reigning Metro and state champion — set the pace with an even-par 72 at Quail Valley and racked up a league-high 72 points in the process to pace the Beavers.

“I am really excited that the kids finished second,” said Beaverton coach Donna Smoot. “The girls have been working hard on taking their game to the next level.”

Stoll had a lot of help from her team’s next three finishers too. Britney Paterson shot an 89 and racked up 55 points, Kylie Martens carded a 92 and scored 52 points, and Marlene Spalding tacked on another 44 points. Beaverton’s fifth player, Madison Kirby, had 16 points.

“I am really proud of how all five of them are doing and how they are coming together has a team,” Smoot added. “The Metro is a tough league and I am looking forward to an exciting season.”

Jesuit’s girls were solid too, with junior Helen Davis piling up 67 points (the second-best total of the day) on Tuesday to pace the Crusaders. Jesuit’s other three varsity scorers — Sarah Craven, Monica Regan and Riley Pendergast — finished with 51, 51 and 50 points, but on this day, it wasn’t quite enough.

Sunset’s girls placed fourth overall with 185 points, getting a fifth-place finish and 63 points from freshman Ellen Secor, and another 49 from Miranda Bass.

Westview finished the tournament with 149 points thanks in great part to junior Jennifer Ko’s 66 points, the third-best total of the day. Westview’s next-best finisher was Rika Nakajima at 31.

Aloha stepped up with 130 points to finish sixth after taking seventh in week one. Junior Tracy Brown led her team with 43 points on Tuesday.

And Southridge, which ended its day with 106 points, got 31 points from sophomore Krysta Hamilton, and also saw sophomore Terah Hamilton notch a hole-in-one in her first-ever competitive tournament.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the progress we are making with all the youth and inexperience we currently have,” said Southridge coach Pat Buckhalter. “The girls are giving it their all.”

The Metro League returns to action on Tuesday at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora with tee times starting at 12:30 p.m. for Westview, Lincoln and Jesuit. At 1:15 p.m., Sunset, Southridge, Aloha and Beaverton will tee off.

To see a complete photo gallery from this tournament, please go to milesvance.exposuremanager.com.

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