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Reigning in the rain

Girls golf: Tualatin gets another win and Tigard takes second at Monday's Pacific Conference tourney
by: DAN BROOD, EAGLE EYE — Tualatin sophomore Seisha Telles is all smiles after finding the ball in the cup for an eagle on the par-4 hole No. 16 at Monday’s Pacific Conference tourney.

The Timberwolves didn't have their best day.

But the good news for the Wolves is that, even when they aren't at their best, they still look to be pretty darn good.

The Tualatin High girls golf team stormed to another victory, playing in stormy conditions, at the Pacific Conference tournament held Monday at Tualatin Country Club.

'Today was a bad day. It was unfortunate that we had weather conditions like this,' Tualatin senior Sophie Corr said. 'But the season is going well.'

That may be an understatement.

With their win on Monday, the Wolves remain perfect in Pacific Conference matches, having claimed victory at all four league tourneys. They also won Friday at an invitational held at the Resort at the Mountain with a school-record low score of 323 strokes.

Tualatin took first place at Monday's league tourney, played under rainy, sloppy conditions, with a mark of 348. While that score didn't match the 323 at Friday's tournament, nor did it better the team's winning total of 337 at last Thursday's league tourney held at Willamette Country Club, it did keep the team's streak of not shooting above 350 this season alive.

'The girls' expectations are high. They've set some high goals and they get down on themselves at times,' Tualatin coach Nancy Lee said. 'But they're doing a great job. They work together so well. I appreciate their cohesiveness and they always cover each other's backs. I'm very proud of them.'

Meanwhile, at Monday's league tourney, the young Tigard girls golf team continued to show its improvement as it placed second with a score of 399.

'Things are going pretty well,' Tigard senior Olivia Hurd said. 'The team seems to be doing a lot better. We've been working hard at practice and we're having more fun. This is a good group of girls.'

Sophomore Seisha Telles led the way for Tualatin at Monday's event as she claimed tournament medalist honors with a three-over-par round of 75.

Telles also provided the highlight of the tournament as, on the par-4 hole No. 16, she recorded an eagle, putting her second shot, coming from a fairway bunker 150 yards away, into the cup. She said she wasn't totally sure she made the shot until she walked onto the green and looked into the hole.

'It one-hopped and went into the cup. I thought it might have shot out,' she said. 'When I saw it there, I was pretty happy.'

The eagle was part of a sizzling finish for Telles, who tallied a 33 on the back nine holes.

'I was lucky with some long putts,' Telles said modestly. 'That helped a lot.'

'She's phenomenal,' Lee said of Telles, who finished third individually last year as a freshman at the Class 6A state tournament. 'She always amazes us.'

Also for Tualatin on Monday, junior Aim Trakulchang, a junior foreign exchange student from Thailand, shot an 87.

'It's fun playing as a team,' Trakulchang said.

She added that part of the fun is getting to carry her own golf bag as, in Thailand, caddies are always used.

Timberwolf junior Sarah West carded an 89, Corr shot a 97 and senior Cally Kalimya had a 108.

At the tournament at the Resort of the Mountain, Telles won medalist honors with a score of 74. She was followed by Trakulchang, who shot a 78, and by Corr, who carded a 79.

'We look forward to playing there,' Kalimya said. 'It's my favorite course.'

The Wolves' score of 323 at that tourney also shows that they might be ready to make some noise at the state tournament this year, as, just the day before, defending Class 6A state team champion St. Mary's also recorded a 323 at the Resort of the Mountain course during Mt. Hood Conference play.

'I'd love to see us at around 330 at state and finishing strong,' Corr said.

'Maybe shoot for the top three,' West added.

But Lee won't let the team look that far ahead.

'We're just taking it one match at a time' she said with a smile.

If the Tigard girls have their way, they'll be joining the Timberwolves at the state tournament.

'That's a goal,' Hurd said. 'I think we can do it.'

It looks like Tigard will be battling Canby for the league's second berth to the state tourney.

'It's right there,' Tigard coach Scott Jackson said. 'It's going to be us and Canby and it's going to all come down to the district tournament.'

Hurd and freshman Hanna Ha led the way for Tigard at Monday's league tourney, each scoring a 98.

'Having our new freshman really helps a lot,' Hurd said.

Also for the Tigers, Nisreen Malik shot a 99, Chandel Culley had a 104 and Bethany Hansen had a round of 114.

'The girls have improved a lot,' Jackson said. 'They're having fun and they're putting in the work.'

Canby finished third at Monday's tourney with a score of 421. McMinnville was fourth at 472, Newberg fifth at 504 and Forest Grove was incomplete.

The next Pacific Conference league tournament will be held Monday at Quail Valley.