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Metro golfers soak up the sun on Tuesday

Jesuit and Southridge go toe-to-toe again in the second round of league
by: MILES VANCE, FEELING CHIPPER — Southridge senior Jane So chips onto the green during Tuesday’s Metro League tournament at Meriwether National Golf Course in Hillsboro. So and the Skyhawks finished second on the day.

HILLSBORO - As much as everything was different on Tuesday - there was neither snow nor hail and the sun was actually shining - things were pretty much the same in Metro League girls golf.

Jesuit finished first at Meriwether National Golf Course, Southridge was a close second and everyone else was doing their best to get better and catch up to the two league leaders.

The Crusaders, who also won the league opener two weeks ago, piled up 207 points in the Metro's modified Stableford scoring system to take a four-point lead over the Skyhawks in the season points race, Jesuit at 24 and Southridge at 20.

While happy with her team's outcome, Jesuit coach Katy Williams was also certain the Crusaders can play better than they did on Tuesday.

'They came back from spring break and they were a little flat,' Williams said. 'I think they hung in there pretty well, but they were getting a little rust off.'

Still, Jesuit senior Maddie Jarrett posted the best round of the day with 60 points, while senior teammates Ceci Estraviz and Julie Schroeder tied for the fifth-best scores of the day, both with 50 points.

Sophomore Lauren Menashe added 47 points to complete Jesuit's varsity scoring, while Casey Briggs added a 40.

'We're getting back in the swing of things, but we always measure ourselves against the golf course, and yesterday, the golf course was a little better than us,' Williams said.

The Skyhawks, who were second by 32 points in week one of the season, lost by just 12 points on Tuesday at Meriwether.

Southridge was led by sophomore Kaohi Loo and senior Jane So, who finished second and third overall, Loo with 58 points and So with 57.

'Kaohi Loo did an outstanding job on a much longer course than Claremont and had the second-best score of the match, with Jane So a very close third,' said Southridge coach Pat Buchalter. 'Both birdied a hole as well, which was a real bonus for the round.'

Senior Allison Ahl also stepped up for the Skyhawks with a 45, while junior Rebecca Reid added a 35 to complete Southridge's varsity scoring and Christian Hampson added 11 more.

'After coming back from really only having one organized practice over spring break, I was real happy with our play,' Buchalter said. 'I think spring break really helped Allison Ahl find her swing again. I was very happy with how she played. It showed how hard she and Kaohi worked on their own over the break.'

Sunset's girls finished third for the second tournament in a row to remain within striking distance of the Skyhawks. Sunset scored 147 points on Tuesday and trail Southridge 12-8 in the season-long points race.

Sunset freshman Angela Han was her team's best for the second tournament in a row - after racking up 57 points in the season opener, she came back with 52 on Tuesday, the fourth-best total on the day.

Senior teammate Kelsey Bledsoe was tough too, finishing with 47 points, good enough for a tie for the seventh-best score in the league.

The rest of the Apollos varsity included Joy Yoo with 28 points, Sara King with 20 points and Amanda Nelson with 19 points.

Westview's girls were fourth overall at 133 points, with sophomore Samantha Chen and freshman Nicole Smith at 37 points each, with teammate Courtney Smith close behind at 35.

Beaverton was close behind with 130 points, the Beavers following the lead of Kassidy Banks' 39 points and Megan Holland with 35.

Aloha was sixth with 76 points thanks to 29 points from sophomore Lillette Lacaden.

In upcoming matches, the Metro girls play at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora at 11 a.m. Tuesday.