The LO girls return their top-five with hopes of qualifying for state

The Lake Oswego girls golf team returns its entire varsity line-up from last year and hopes to give Canby a battle for the second team berth at state this year behind talented West Linn.

The Lakers return their top five players from last year including two-time state qualifier Alexa Huewe.

Stephanie Bell is also back and is coming off her best competitive round, an 87 and could be in the running for an individual state beth as well.

“I always thought she was someone who could consistently shoot in the 80s,” coach Mark Shoff said.

Jessica Lee has also made strides and Shoff believes her scores can only come down in the coming weeks.

“She's hitting the ball really well. She's striking it well on her drives and shots, she's just not seeing that translate to scoring right now and I think she'll keep improving,” Shoff said.

Taylor Yob has been an early bright spot for the team as well as Claire Carter, the younger sister of standout Max Carter.

Claire Carter just recently picked up the game and broke 100 for the first time in the team's last tournament.

“She's someone who could really open some eyes this year,” Shoff said.

Courtney Simach returns as well with experience at the varsity level and two juniors, Gabrielle Goneau-Bash and Allie Smith should also vie for varsity time.

In two league tournaments this year, the Lakers have finished third, behind West Linn and Canby.

However, the Lakers finished behind the Cougars by 36 strokes to open the season and then by just nine in the second tournament and Shoff feels that the team will only get better this year.

“We're capable of shooting much better and I think it could be a whole different story later in the season,” Shoff said.

The Lakers are in an early hole as they aspire to a top-two finish in league but it's one they can quickly crawl out of.

“Just relaxing is the key. Their attitude is really good. We were shooting in the 360s last year and we've been in the 380s this year. I know the team has the talent to get better and hopefully we can make some noise,” Shoff said.

Lake Oswego's next tournament will be played at Arrowhead.

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