ALSO: Clackamas freshman Jaiveer Singh makes state

by: JOHN DENNY - Members of Clackamas High Schools varsity girls golf team have a right to be proud. They are believed to be the first Clackamas girls golf team in school history to qualify for state as a team. Vying for the standout team in 2014 were: (from left) Ally Bushman, Kaitlyn Reiner, Stephanie Welborn, Hannah Pasco, Rebecca Ray, Alisa Sandgren and (not pictured) Angela Lu.Clackamas High School’s girls golf team made history at the Three Rivers League girls district tournament, held May 7-8 at Stone Creek Golf Club.

The Cavaliers girls finished second only to state powerhouse West Linn in the team scoring, earning the TRL’s second team berth in the 2014 Class 6A State Championship Tournament. It’s believed to be the first Clackamas girls team to qualify for state as a team in the sport of golf.

“I think it is the first girls team from Clackamas to make state,” said Clackamas boys golf coach Mike Freeborn. “I’ve been at Clackamas since 1996 and no girls team has made it since I’ve been here.”

“West Linn was far and away the best girls team [in the league] this year,” said Clackamas girls coach Darren Welborn. “We battled Lake Oswego for second place all year. They beat us the first three weeks in a row; we beat Lake Oswego and finished second to West Linn the next three weeks.

“Every girl on our team got significantly better from the first of the season to the last, and on the first day of district, all five of our girls broke 100. We had a 31-point lead over Lake Oswego going into the second day....

“These girls decided they wanted to be a team. They did a lot of things together and they supported one another, and it showed in how they played golf. They improved almost 50 strokes over last year. They went from near last in the district to second.”

Three Clackamas golfers made second-team all-league, with their average scores placing them in the top 10 in the TRL for the 2014 season: freshman Angela Lu, junior Ally Bushman and junior Rebecca Ray.

by: JOHN DENNY - FRESHMAN ANGELA LULu averaged 83, Bushman averaged 91 and Ray averaged 95.

It’s the second year going to state for Bushman, who made it as an individual as a sophomore.

Rounding out this year’s varsity roster were: seniors Kaitlyn Reiner and Stephanie Welborn and sophomore Hannah Pasco.

Their average scores were: Pasco 96, Reiner 99 and Welborn 106.

Welborn and Reiner have both been on Clackamas’ golf team for four years and they say that team unity has played a pivotal role in the success the team has had this year.

“We’ve been a lot more supportive of each other than in past years,” Stephanie Welborn said. “At the end of matches, we stay and watch until everyone’s finished before we leave.”

“We cheer for each other and support one another,” Reiner added.

Clackamas’ second-place team finish was based on team finishes in six league matches and the district tournament.

Heading into the district, the team scores were: West Linn 60, Clackamas 42, Lake Oswego 42, Canby 24, Oregon City 6 and Lakeridge 4.

After district, the final TRL standings, combining league and district meets, had West Linn with 80 points; Clackamas second, with 58; and Lake Oswego third, with 54. Rounding out the standings were: Canby with 32, Oregon City with 10 and Lakeridge with 4.

Team stroke totals for 36 holes of golf at the district tournament were: West Linn 619, Clackamas 720, Lake Oswego 744, Canby 773, Oregon City 877 and Lakeridge 942.

Lu led the Cavaliers all year and she finished fourth overall at the district tournament, with rounds of 76 and 83. Bushman placed ninth overall, with rounds of 81 and 93.

Ray shot 95 and 97; Pasco shot 93 and 95; Reiner had a counting round of 92 on the first day and Welborn had a counting round of 98 on the second day.

West Linn was led by district tournament medalist Amanda Elich, a sophomore who shot mirror rounds of 75; senior Sarah Archuleta (75 and 79) and sophomore Katie Fillion (74 and 80).

Lake Oswego and Lakeridge qualified their boys teams for state.

by: JOHN DENNY - FRESHMAN JAIVEER SINGHClackamas freshman Jaiveer Singh was one of three boys who made state as individuals, based on their scores for the six league matches and the district tournament combined.

Singh finished ninth overall with a league average of 77.4. He was the top freshman finisher in the league.

Singh shot rounds of 75 and 77 at the district tournament. Had he scored one more stroke at the district tournament, he would have lost his individual berth.

“I’m proud of the way Jaiveer handled the competition and the elements [at district],” said Freeborn. “The second day ended with weather as bad as we’ve had it. He was in the last group and on the 17th and 18th holes, they had to putt through water.”

“On the 17th hole the green was completely flooded,” said Singh. “I got two good putts and still made par. On the last hole I had a 15-foot putt for par. I didn’t know it at the time, but if I’d missed it I wouldn’t be going to state. At [school] tryouts this year we played in really rainy weather and I think it helped.”

Singh’s early success at Clackamas is no surprise. The 15-year-old says he practices “six to ten hours a day in the summer, no days off.”

Singh shot his best round last summer, scoring a 3-under-par 68 at Arrowhead. He’s had holes in one on the fifth hole at Mountain View and the seventh hole at Arrowhead, and he’s had an eagle on the 11th hole at Stone Creek.

Singh boasts a GPA of 3.9, and he plans a career “in the medical field.”

“One of my goals is to get a good scholarship and play golf in college when I get there,” Singh said.

The final standings for TRL boys golf were: Lake Oswego 92, West Linn 82, Lakeridge 62, Clackamas 48, Canby 32, Oregon City 16 and Grant 4.

Scores from the district tournament were: Lake Oswego 586, West Linn 599, Canby 698, Clackamas 657, Lakeridge 636, Oregon City 689 and Grant 700.

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