Golfers ready for districts

by: Vern Uyetake, 
West Linn’s Ryan Willett hits a putt at Oswego Lake Country Club on Monday. Willett had his team’s low score of the day with a round of 81.

The West Linn High School boys golf team looks solid going into this week's district tournament.

They continued their consistent play this season by taking third place in a league match on Monday, shooting a 339 at Oswego Lake Country Club.

Ryan Willett, a senior, led the way by scoring an 81, easily his best round of the year, while Jackson Henniger carded an 83.

'Ryan was fantastic,' said Coach Justin Paredes. 'That was the lowest score he's ever shot.'

The Lion golf team's chances for taking district are intriguing, even against tough rivals like Lake Oswego and Lakeridge.

'We've showed a lot of improvement and we're very consistent,' Paredes said. 'We're never way high and we're never way low. One coach said our team scared him the most.

'If we can get a couple guys shooting way low, then we can win a tournament.'

Matt Precin came in with an 86 while Josh Peterson shot an 89. So far this season, the scoring averages for West Linn's four top golfers are all within 1.25 strokes of each other.

Another factor boosting West Linn's chances is they always play very well at Stone Creek Golf Club, where the Three River League district championship will be played on Thursday and Friday.

With two third-place finishes in a row, the Lions have solidified their standing in fourth place and have made up ground on third-place Clackamas.

For the girls, West Linn picked up another tournament victory, this time at their home course, Oregon Golf Club.

The Lions and Lakers have battled it out all season long and West Linn came out victorious again, this time by just a single stroke.

Lake Oswego's Amy Beth Simanton grabbed medalist honors by a stroke over Sharon Shin, shooting a 38 to Shin's 39.

Those rounds moved the two of them into a tie for the league scoring lead.

Morgan Thompson shot a 44 while Katie Longtain fired a 54, one stroke off her best score of the year.

Elie Enderle came in with a 55. Enderle and Longtain each beat their Lake Oswego opponents, which allowed the Lions to seal the narrow victory.

West Linn now holds an eight-point lead over Lake Oswego for the district title heading into the district tournament at Stone Creek which is a a two-day event that counts double in the standings.