Sandy struggles at home course, finishing fourth at meet.
- Darrell Jackson
- Sandy Post - Sports
Sandy girl's golf team battled the cold and rain to finish fifth at the Mount Hood Conference meet at The Resort on April 16. St. Mary's finished with a team total of 323, winning the tournament by 28 strokes over second place Central Catholic.
Sandy finished with a team score of 393, 13 strokes behind Barlow in fourth. Gresham was third with a team total of 369..
'We have been flipping places with Barlow all season, either fourth or fifth so this is about where I thought we would finish,' Sandy head coach Steve Shields said. 'We really are trying to push for third, but we haven't been able to practice here but three times this season so we just haven't been able to take advantage of our home course.'
Audrey Dalton of St. Mary's continues here dominance shooting 77 for the overall victory. Teammates Erica Foster and Alexandra Uduk tied for second with scores of 79. Sandy's Taylor Shields finished thirteenth overall, shooting 92 while Dalton Meade finished 16th shooting 95. Sierra Warner was 18th shooting 99.
'Taylor was our best golfer today after shooting in the high 100's in her last three matches before today,' Shields said. 'Dalton has been steady all season and it showed today how steady she has been.'
Meade struggled early, on the par 4 ninth hole reaching the green in two, but four putted to double bogey the hole.
'Our girls all struggled on the greens today, just too many putts to be competitive,' Shields said.
The girls struggled through light rain and cold weather the entire tournament and struggled to find their strokes. Sandy head coach Steve Shields said these scores were some of the higher scores he has seen and feels the weather contributed to all teams struggling. 'It was cold and very wet the entire day, so I think everyone had trouble finding their feel of the course. We all have to play in the same conditions, so I guess that can't be used as an excuse.' 'St. Mary's is so tough and there is not many team's that can compete with them right now,' Shields said. 'I thought us, Barlow and Gresham might do better, especially since this is our home course, but it was not to be.' Barlow's Rachel Schmitz finished fifth overall, shooting 82 on the par 70 course. Teammate Paige Haworth finished sixth with a score of 87. Schmitz struggled on the front nine, missing a couple of short puts before coming on strong on the back nine. Barlow continues to battle Sandy for fourth and fifth at each tournament, as neither team has been able to break through to the top three teams. 'It's hard because we both have some good golfers, but the top three are so strong it is hard to compete,' Shield said. 'I know Barlow is in the same boat as us and continues to battle each meet.'