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Tigers, Wolves start strong and look to get better

Girls golf: The Timberwolves claim first place at Monday's Tigard/Tualatin Invite
by: DAN BROOD, SHORT GAME — Tigard junior Olivia Hurd chips onto the green on hole No. 1 in Monday's tournament.

TUALATIN - The Tualatin High School girls golf team started its season by winning a tournament title.

The Tigard girls got their season off to an optimistic start as well.

And both of the local squads are eyeing a bright future following Monday's season-opening Tigard/Tualatin Invitational, held at Tualatin Country Club.

Tualatin claimed the team title at the six-school event with a team score of 375 strokes.

'For it being the first tournament of the season, it went really well,' Tualatin coach Nancy Lee said. 'We're going to keep working at it. There's room for improvement.'

The Timberwolves' score of 375 put them 22 strokes ahead of second-place West Albany, which shot a 397. The young Tigard team placed fourth with a score of 434.

'It went well - better than I expected,' first-year Tigard coach Scott Jackson said. 'We're really young and we're building to be a strong team this year and an even stronger team next year.'

Freshman Seisha Telles led the way for Tualatin at Monday's tournament. She placed second individually with a round of 80.

Also for the Wolves, senior Hannah Ellsworth rebounded strongly after taking a 12 on the first hole to tie for fifth place with a score of 98.

'Hannah came back after a bit of a rough start,' Lee said.

Tualatin junior Cally Kamiya tied Ellsworth for fifth place, also shooting a 98. Also for the Wolves, junior Sophie Corr carded a 99 and sophomore Sarah West had a round of 112.

In addition to the five players that played varsity for Tualatin on Monday, the team has plenty of other strong players, such as Lacey Bruske, Lindsay Mathews, Kendall Re, Ashleigh Brinkman, Taryn Ritchey and Megan Boie, who could add to the team's depth and strength this season.

'It sounds like we have the largest turnout in the league,' Lee said. 'We weren't too old last year (when the Wolves won the Pacific-9 Conference championship) and we're still young this year. There's experience to be gained and room for improvement.'

For Tigard, junior Olivia Hurd led the way at Monday's tournament. She finished in third place individually with a score of 95.

Also for the Tigers, junior Anna Storino shot a 105, junior Danielle DeVera had a 108, sophomore Chandell Culley had a 126 and sophomore Nisreen Malik also had a 126.

'It was a good start,' said Jackson, who added he's having a good time in his first year as the Tigers' coach. 'There's a learning curve, but it's been very fun and enjoyable.'

Jackson is also hopeful about the team's prospects this year.

'We're hoping to get a couple players to state,' he said.

As for the Pacific Conference this year, Jackson said that it looks like Canby and Tualatin are the teams to beat.

'After that, hopefully, we'll get up there close to them,' he said.

Lee didn't want to say who she thought is the league favorite this year.

'We're going to work hard to defend our title,' she said.

The first Pacific Conference tournament will be held April 2 at Michelbook Golf Club in McMinnville.