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Simanton outplays foes, rain

by: Vern Uyetake, Lake Oswego’s Deanna Ulrich follows a putt during a soggy round of golf at this week’s TRL girls tournament at Oswego Lake Country Club.

How hard does it have to rain before every golfer on the course floats away?

Apparently, it will require considerably more rain than Oswego Lake Country Club received on Monday. Yet, it rained so hard that day during the TRL girls tournament that every player's score ballooned sky high. Well, everyone except for Lake Oswego's Amy Beth Simanton.

As the rest of the league struggled with the elements, which included standing water on many of the greens, Simanton was going low. Amazingly, the Laker sophomore was 1-under-par with three holes remaining. She finished with a 1-over 38, which put her 11 strokes ahead of the next closest competitor.

Considering the conditions, Lake Oswego coach Mark Shoff couldn't believe what he had witnessed.

'How the heck did you do that?' Shoff asked Simonton after her fabulous round.

The answer, Simanton told Shoff, was being able to stay focused throughout the round regardless of what was going on around her.

There was so much rain and standing water it made playing the game difficult. When you add a temperature that was in the low 40s to all of the moisture, Shoff said he wasn't surprised to see a club occasionally fly out of a player's hands.

Meanwhile, Simanton's fast start appears to be a continuation of last year's play when she qualified for the state tournament as an individual. This year, she wants the whole team to go.

Her wish might come true if the team continues to play the way it did on Monday, when the Lakers won the season's first league tournament by a 205-212 margin over second-place Clackamas.

In addition to Simanton's 38, the Lakers also got help from a pair of Europeans. Nathalie Crauth, a foreign exchange student from Munich, Germany, shot a 55, and Lise Andersen, a Scandinavian, also shot a 55. Plus, Devon O'Leary, won of the stars of the girls swim team, shot a 57.

Everyone in that group, plus sophomore transfer Deanna Ulrich, is capable of shooting a nine-hole score in the 40s. So, this probably won't be the last league tournament Lake Oswego wins this season.

'I think we could be right there at the top (at the end),' Shoff said.