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Lincoln wins, but Beavers strengthen hold on second

Beavertons girls now hold a four-point lead over Jesuit for second


NORTH PLAINS — Another week, another tournament, another beautiful golf course and another battle — that's the 2013 Metro League girls golf race in a nutshell.by: MILES VANCE - ON TARGET - Jesuit junior Helen Davis watches her chip shot head toward the 10th green on the Ghost Creek course at Pumpkin Ridge on Monday afternoon.

And in Monday's tournament, held at Pumpkin Ridge's Ghost Creek course, Lincoln's girls held the upper hand for the third time in four weeks. The Cardinals scored 224 points in the league's modified Stableford scoring system to edge second-place Beaverton's 218 and No. 3 Jesuit's 211.

That victory gave Lincoln 52 points in the season-long race for the Metro's two team berths to state, while the Beavers are currently second at 48 and Jesuit third at 44. With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Crusaders — winners of 11 straight Metro League championships — would have to beat Beaverton at least twice to force a tie for second place.

The Cardinals' efforts were paced by four top-10 finishes, with junior Audrey Horn scoring 63 points for the third-best total of the day, and Phoebe Nguyen, Katie Lee and Sara Stember finishing 7-9.

Beaverton was again led by sophomore Gigi Stoll, the reigning Metro and Class 6A state champ, who scored 68 points to win her fourth straight league tournament and boost her lead in the league scoring race to four points.

by: MILES VANCE - HAVE A BLAST - Sunset freshman Ellen Secor blasts out of a greenside bunker on the 10th hole at Pumpkin Ridge's Ghost Creek course during Monday's Metro League tournament.

Kylie Martens was strong for Beaverton, too, finishing with 59 points (sixth-best on the day), while Marlene Spalding added 47 and Brittney Paterson 44.

For Jesuit's girls, junior Helen Davis finished second to Stoll for the fourth straight week, this time piling up 66 points to lead the Crusaders. Teammate Monica Regan added 51 on Monday, Riley Pendergast had 48 and Sarah Craven 46.

“Helen Davis continues to have very consistent play,” said Jesuit coach Katy Williams. “She hit the ball great yesterday, but did not score as well as she liked. (Still), I thought she competed well on a very challenging golf course.”

Westview's girls were fourth overall Monday with 176 points, with junior Jennifer Ko tying for third with 63 points and Rika Nakajima scoring 52.

After that, Sunset's girls finished with 155 points (their efforts led by freshman Ellen Secor's 61 points), Aloha took sixth with 130 (led by Tracy Brown's 42) and Southridge's girls were seventh at 122 (with Kelly McClean scoring 46).

“Kelly McClean shot her personal best with an awesome long two putt par on (the fifth) hole,” said Southridge coach Pat Buckhalter. “The Hamilton twins (Krysta and Terah) continued to improve and played well at a very challenging course, and Kyra Anbe and Megan Ellertson both also shot their personal bests.”

The Metro League continues play next week at Meriwether National Golf Course in Hillsboro with tee times starting at 1:30 p.m. Beaverton, Jesuit and Southridge's girls will tee off at 1:30 p.m., while the 2:15 p.m. pairings will include the teams from Westview, Sunset, Aloha and Lincoln.

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



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