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WL golfers go low in first TRL tourneys

Heading into the year, West Linn girls golf coach Bob Turnquist wondered if his team could possibly be good enough for four players to shoot rounds in the 70s in the same tournament.

At the time, that seemed like it may have been a fairly lofty goal. But now it just might become the expectation.

At Willamette Valley Country Club on Monday, and in less than perfect conditions, the Lions' top four all broke 80 en route to a dominating victory in the first league tournament of the year.

Sharon Shin had the low round for West Linn, firing a 73 which tied her for medalist honors with Lakeridge's Connie Zhou.

After that, the Lions' next three golfers all posted rounds of 79. Morgan Thompson, Sarah Archuletta and Kristin Elich all put up that score, tying for fifth place individually. Tiffany Lee also had a very good day, shooting an 86.

West Linn finished with a team score of 310, 40 strokes better than second place Canby which features two scores in the 70s.

The Lions lived up to their billing as one of the top teams in the state this year and will play their next league tournament at Oswego Lake Country Club.

The West Linn boys also had a strong first league tournament.

In a brutally tough league, the Lions got off to a good start, finishing in second place behind defending state champion Lake Oswego.

West Linn was led by Zach Foushee who fired an incredible round of 67 at Stone Creek. He capped his round with an eagle on the 18th hole.

The Lions' next four players all finished within four strokes of each other and that consistency was enough to finish just five strokes ahead of Canby for second place.

West Linn was just 10 strokes behind Lake Oswego which had three players shoot in the 70s.

Next up for the boys is a tournament at Oregon Golf Club.