Harmon heads back to state for Valley Catholic

Senior Lindsay Harmon wins again, preps defense of state title
by: Miles Vance BACK AT IT — Valley Catholic senior Lindsay Harmon celebrates a birdie on Monday at Arrowhead Golf Club.

MOLALLA - Valley Catholic senior Lindsay Harmon hopes to go out with a bang.

Harmon (the two-time defending Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state champion), playing with her team in the District 2 tournament, won medalist honors with a strong two-day showing though the Valiants fell short of sending their their team on to state.

Harmon left nothing to chance in her final regular season high school tournament, shooting back-to-back 75s to easily win the District 2 tournament at Arrowhead Golf Club.

Harmon, who will play next season at Washington State, put together consecutive 4-over-par 75s at Arrowhead to finish with a total score of 150 and win District 2 medalist honors by 11 strokes. Her nearest pursuer was Molalla's Jennifer Gibbons, who led the Indians to the team title after shooting 82-79-161.

Now, Harmon will attempt to win her third straight Class 3A/2A/1A state championship at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis on Monday and Tuesday. Play begins at 12:15 p.m. each day.

'Lindsey Harmon hopes to put the cherry on the top of a wonderful high school career by attempting to win the state tourney for the third straight year,' said Valley Catholic coach Aaron Harris, noting that Reedsport sophomore Monica Vaughn (who lost to Harmon by one stroke last year at state) will likely be Harmon's biggest challenger.

Joining Harmon at state will be freshman Lindsie LaBonte, who shot 93-93-186 to earn a state berth as an individual.

'The surprise of the tourney for the Valiants was the play of freshman Lindsie LaBonte,' Harris said.

Molalla won the team title with a two-day total of 734, and will attempt to defend its 2010 state championship on Monday and Tuesday at Trysting Tree. Catlin Gabel - led by Sophia Roman's 92-98-190 - took second in the team standings at 837 and will also compete at state.