The West Linn girls golf team moved one step closer to earning a league championship and, perhaps more importantly, took an even bigger step toward qualifying for state this year. The Lady Lions won their second consecutive league tournament on Monday at OGA in Woodburn.
If West Linn thought it had played in bad weather previously this spring, the team had another thing coming to them on Monday.
Much of the state saw hail and even snow flurries and that made any low scores even more impressive.
The Lions' Morgan Thompson tied with Lake Oswego's Amy Beth Simanton for medalist, shooting a solid round of 40 for her second-best nine-hole score of the year.
Sharon Shin wasn't far behind with a 41. The top two golfers for West Linn and Lake Oswego shot identical scores, meaning that the tournament would come down to the team's third and four finishers.
Sidney Nopson had a strong round of 56 and Elie Enderle battled through the conditions to shoot a 57.
Meanwhile, Lake Oswego only had one other golfer who could break 60 and the Lions won by five strokes.
Lakeridge finished in third place, 12 strokes behind the Lions.
West Linn now holds a six-point lead over the Lakers for first place in the Three Rivers League and can come close to clinching the regular season title with a victory on its home course, Oregon Golf Club next week.
West Linn also leads Lakeridge by 14 points for a trip to the state tournament, which will also be held at OGA this year.
In the final two tournaments this year, Shin and Simanton will likely do battle for the league scoring champion. Currently Shin is leading by the slimmest of margins with an average of 38.7 for the year compared to Simanton's 38.8.
The West Linn boys battled through similarly bad weather at Arrowhead on Monday and came away with a solid third-place finish.
The Lions' top four golfers all finished within three strokes of each other. Matt Percin shot the low round for the Lions with a 78 while Josh Peterson also cracked 80 with a round of 79.
Through five tournaments, Percin and Peterson are only separated by a single total stroke this year.
Tyler Barker came in third for the Lions in just his second varsity event of the year, shooting a terrific round of 81, which was 15 strokes better than his one previous varsity tournament.
Jackson Henniger shot an 82 for West Linn as the team finished just five strokes behind Lakeridge for second place.
Lake Oswego was dominant on Monday with all four scoring golfers shooting in the 70s.
As a team, West Linn passed Oregon City for fourth place in the league and the team's final tournament before districts will be next week at Oswego Lake Country Club.