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Westview girls stay close in state race

The league reverses an earlier Lincoln DQ, but Westview beats the Cards on Tuesday
by: Miles Vance UP AND OUT — Jesuit's Tess Jennings blasts out of a bunker en route to winning medalist honors at Rock Creek Country Club on Tuesday.

ROCK CREEK - The Westview girls golf team has gotten tossed around so much lately they might just have whiplash.

Ten days ago, the Wildcats finished third in the Metro League tournament and dropped four points behind Lincoln in the race for the league's second team berth to the Class 6A state tournament.

Two days after that, the Metro announced that one of Lincoln's players had incorrectly played a ball out of bounds and been disqualified, moving the Wildcats into a second-place tie with the Cardinals.

And after that, the league reversed its DQ of the Lincoln player, saying that the infraction had not been discovered until after the tournament's completion and therefore should not have resulted in the disqualification.

With all that as pretext, the Westview girls took control of what they could control on Tuesday at Rock Creek Country Club, racking up 215 points in the Metro's modified Stableford scoring system, finishing second behind Jesuit and moving back within two points of Lincoln in the season points standings. The Cardinals were third Tuesday with 190 points.

"It was a very exciting day at Rock Creek," said Westview coach Bobby Fernandez. "My girls played their hearts out. I am so proud of them for taking the disappointing situation of the ruling being reversed, and turning it into a positive for them."

Westview senior Nicole Smith set the pace for the Cats yet again, scoring 65 points and also keeping alive her hopes of winning Metro medalist honors for the season.

Teammate Jennifer Ko added 52 points, Stephanie Smalley scored 51, Joan Hong tacked on 47, and Rachel Hershey had 34.

"Nicole Smith continues to let her competitors know that she is one of the top players in the league," Fernandez said. "Stephanie Smalley took her role as captain and threw another strong round together. And Jennifer Ko, one of my freshmen ... is making a statement that she could be one of the top golfers in the next few years."

The Cardinals got 51 points from Phoebe Nguyen and another 48 from Kaija Perkiomaki, but saw their lead for second place shrink to 54-52.

If Westview beats Lincoln again in the league finale, but the Cardinals allow no other team between them and Westview in the results, the two teams would finish in a tie, and the second berth to state would be decided by a tiebreaker based on which team has scored the most points total over the season.

The final regular-season Metro tournament is set for 2 p.m. Monday at Meriwether National Golf Club in Hillsboro.

Jesuit, meanwhile, scored 238 points on Tuesday to win for the sixth straight time in league, and boosted its league-leading total in the season points race to 72. The Crusaders, led Tuesday by medalist Tess Jennings' 66 points, have clinched the league's top berth to state.

"Tess shot a 78 after having played very different green conditions the day before," said Jesuit coach Katy Williams. "She started out rocky and then pulled it together. Her mental toughness got her through the round."

Also scoring for Jesuit were Katie Craven with 60 points, Casey Briggs at 59, Helen Davis with 53, and Amelia Karakas at 50.

"Yesterday was a good day for us," Williams added. "We were pretty worn our from playing an invitational in Eugene on Monday. The girls started out a little rough and then settled in. It showed a lot of patience and maturity.

Sunset tied for third overall with 190 points, led by Angela Han with 61 points and 54 more from Kathryn Joseph.

Beaverton finished with 163 points, led by Ruby Lambie's 48 points. Southridge scored 146 behind Hailey Speck's 62 points. And Aloha scored 49 points led by Tracy Brown's 29.