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Golfers ready for mid-district tourneys

It's a dogfight atop the Three Rivers League standings in girls golf. Heading into Monday's important mid-district tournament only two points separate first and third place as Lake Oswego, Lakeridge and West Linn are all jockeying to crack the top two by the end of the season.

After last Monday's league tournament at Oswego Lake Country Club, Lake Oswego and West Linn are tied for first with 30 points while Lakeridge sits in third with 28.

The Lakers eked out a narrow victory on Monday, topping West Linn 187-189 despite the Lions coming in with the two lowest rounds of the day.

Sharon Shin and Morgan Tompson shot 41 and 42 respectively but a balanced Lake Oswego team was able to come out ahead.

The Lakers had three girls shoot in the 40s with Amy Beth Simanton and Kendall Prince each firing a 43. Deanna Ulrich shot a 49 in the cold and wet conditions and Kathryn Gerber shot a 52.

The Lakeridge girls finished in third place with a combined score of 208 and all four of the teams counting scores were within two strokes of each other.

Taylor Babcock shot a 51 during a tough round while Melissa Dussin and Kelly Taucher each shot 52 and Kelly Kirk came in with a 53.

Next week's mid-district tournament is an 18-hole event that counts as double in the standings.

The tournament will be held at Stone Creek.

In the boys competition on Monday, Lake Oswego won convincingly by 20 strokes.

Tye Gabriel took medalist honors with a round of 76 at Waverly Country Club.

All four scorers had solid rounds for the Lakers and Matt Montpas shot an 80 while Chris Mei and Gerik Illo each shot 81.

Improbably, the Lakeridge boys finished in a tie for the third tournament in a row. But, unlike last week, the Pacers won the tiebreaker this time around.

Lakeridge ended up in second place, winning the tiebreaker over Clackamas.

Matt Kitto shot 81 for his team's lowest score. George Lin shot 84 and Jackson Mayes fired an 85.

Connor McKeever shot an 88, which was his lowest score in league this year.

The boys will play on Monday at Langdon Farms.