Girls golfers hoping for strong seasons
The Lake Oswego girls golf team has aspirations to qualify for state as a team this year and has taken second and third place respectively in its first two league tournaments.
It figures to be a battle for second place for most of the season as West Linn, the two-time defending state champions are reloaded again this season.
The Lakers return Alexa Huewe as their clear No. 1 this season.
Huewe has been to the state tournament the past two years and, this May, hopes to qualify again alongside her teammates.
She has been consistent in two league tournaments, firing rounds of 88 and 87.
Sophomores Jessica Lee and Stephanie Bell also return, each with varsity experience, giving the team a solid core.
Courtney Simich will also play a big factor for Lake Oswego this year, making the transition from JV to varsity this season.
The Lakers are steadily picking up steam after bad weather caused most teams to get off to a slow start.
"It's been tough with these brutal days. We just need to get out and play and try to get our swings back," coach Mark Shoff said.
West Linn has easily won the first two league tournaments this year while Lake Oswego has had a pair of close battles for second place with Canby.
The Lakers won the first battle by five strokes but lost on Monday by four, although the team was without Lee.
That battle should be a close one all season. Currently there are only four teams in the league with enough players to make up a complete team score.
"I think we'll be right there. That's definitely the goal is to make state as a team," Shoff said.
For Lakeridge, the team has just three varsity players out this year but the Pacers do feature on of the league's top players.
Connie Zhou returns for Lakeridge and is off to a strong start this year.
She took third in the first league tournament in rough conditions and then, on Monday, she shot a 74 at Portland Golf Club, missing medalist honors by a single stroke.
Zhou should make a return trip to state this year and has the potential to be a top finisher.
Hana Campbell also returns with experience for the Pacers and has shot a pair of rounds in the low 90s to start the season.