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Lakers, Pacers tee it up at mid-districts

by: Vern Uyetake, 
Lake Oswego’s Kendall Prince eyes a putt during Monday’s tournament at Stone Creek. Prince shot an 81 on the afternoon for the Lakers.   The Lakers took second and the Lakeridge Pacers took third.

The Lakeridge and Lake Oswego golf teams took to the links for their most important tournaments of the season on Monday.

In the girls' mid-district event at Stone Creek, Lake Oswego took second place and Lakeridge finished in third behind West Linn. That means that the Lakers and Pacers could be battling it out for second place down the stretch with the winner claiming the league's second and final berth at the state tournament.

On Monday everyone finished behind West Linn's Sharon Shin who shot an even par 72. Lake Oswego's Amy Beth Simanton finished in second with a solid round of 76 on the difficult course.

As a team, the Lakers shot 365, 12 shots behind West Linn and 18 strokes in front of the Pacers.

Finishing in second for Lake Oswego was Kendall Prince, who fired an 81. Deanna Ulrich followed with a 98 and Kathryn Gerber and Kelsey Moede each fired a 110 to complete the scoring for the Lakers.

Heading into the event, Lake Oswego was in a tie for first with West Linn. Now they trail the Lions by four points but hold a six point lead over Lakeridge for second.

The Pacers were led by Taylor Babcock's round of 85. Lakeridge's second, third and fourth golfers all finished within six strokes of each other.

Chloe Rossman was No. 2 with a 97, Melissa Dussin shot a 98 in one of her best days of the year and Kelly Taucher shot a 103 for Lakeridge.

The teams will continue to jockey for position in the quest for a berth at state next week when they travel to OGA in Woodburn which is where the state tournament will be held this year.

Meanwhile, the boys played in a wild tournament at Langdon Farms on Monday. Almost inconceivably, the difference between first and fifth place was a mere six strokes.

Lake Oswego was the beneficiary of the narrow victory, firing a team score of 331. Lakeridge came in fourth with a 335. Unfortunately for the Pacers, the team actually would have won the event but the Putnam player who was keeping Matt Kitto's scorecard failed to fill in the 18th hole and the card was signed inaccurately which resulted in a disqualification.

As a result, Kitto's score of 80 was thrown out which dropped the Pacers from first to fourth, one stroke higher than Oregon City and two strokes above Clackamas.

The victory helped the Lakers extend their lead in the Three Rivers League as they are now up by 13 points over Lakeridge and Clackamas, who are tied for second.

For Lake Oswego, all five golfers finished within four strokes of each other. Gerik Illo shot the low score with an 81.

Tye Gabriel followed with an 82 and Matt Montpas and Chris Mei each fired 84s.

The Pacers saw George Lin tie for medalist honors with two other golfers, shooting a round of 79. Connor McKeever and Jackson Mayes each shot and 84 and McKeever's score was his lowest of the year. Tyler Elliot shot 88 to complete Lakeridge's scoring.

While Lake Oswego appears to be in good shape at the midway point of the season, Lakeridge will battle it out with the Cavaliers to earn a team berth at state. Next week the teams travel to Arrowhead.