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Harmon second in finale

by: Miles Vance FINISHING STRONG — Valley Catholic’s Lindsay Harmon tees off on Monday at Trysting Tree Golf Club.

CORVALLIS - Valley Catholic senior Lindsay Harmon finished her career on top.

No, Harmon didn't win her third straight Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state golf championship on Tuesday - she finished second to Reedsport sophomore star Monica Vaughn - but that result did little to steal the luster from the career of the best golfer in Valley Catholic history.

Harmon, who won the previous two state tournaments at the Eagle Crest Resort Course in Redmond, was brilliant again this year at state - held Monday and Tuesday at Trysting Tree Golf Club - but just couldn't catch Vaughn.

Harmon and Vaughn battled to a first-day tie at Trysting Tree on Monday, each shooting 3-over-par 75s, and setting the stage for a memorable Tuesday battle. Vaughn, who finished second to Harmon a year earlier and became the youngest Oregon Amateur winner in history last summer, balanced two birdies with two bogeys for an even-par 36 on Tuesday's front nine. Harmon, meanwhile, birdied the third hole but double-bogeyed the sixth to make the turn one stroke behind Vaughn at 37.

Vaughn was steady as a rock on the back side, though, pulling away with eight pars and a birdie on the par-five 15th to shoot 36-35-71. Harmon, who will play next year at Washington State, birdied the 15th too, but bogeyed the 12th, 14th and 17th to finish four strokes back of Vaughn at 37-38-75.

The Valiants also sent freshman Lindsie Labonte to state for the first time, and she shot 95-93-188 to tie for 26th.

Molalla, the District 2 champion, won the state championship at 713, while St. Mary's of Medford was far back in second place at 752.

In the 3A/2A/1A boys tournament at Trysting Tree, Valiant junior Greg Ong shot 79-82-161 to finish in a tie for 12th place.

St. Mary's won the team title with a score of 649 while Westside Christian took second at 657. Enterprise's Cole Sajonia shot 69-70-139 to win the individual title.