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GOLF: Molalla girls breeze to fifth straight state title

Janelle Ferlan closed with a round of 8-over-par 80 and finished one stroke off the pace Tuesday at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis.


by: JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - The Molalla girls' golf team poses with coach JD Clarizio after winning a fifth consecutive OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state championship Tuesday at Trystring Tree Golf Course in Corvallis.If Molalla senior Janelle Ferlan had it to do over again, she said she wouldn’t change much of anything.

And that includes replaying hole No. 10.

Ferlan closed with a round of 8-over-par 80 Tuesday for a two-day total of 158 to finish in a tie for second and one stroke off the pace, leading the Indians to a fifth consecutive OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis.

Hannah Clarizio added a 36-hole total of 171, Helen Daniels shot 179, and Katelin Satyna finished at 180 as the Indians of the Tri-Valley Conference posted a team score of 678 and became only the second girls’ team across all classifications to win five titles in a row.

“It’s amazing,” said Ferlan, who had a hand in each of Molalla’s last four championships. “I couldn’t be happier with the way our team ended up and how close we are together. It’s just amazing.”

First-day leader Kylie Collom from Henley in Klamath Falls also shot 80 to finish at 157 and claim medalist honors -- a prize that was within Ferlan’s reach had it not been for a quadruple bogey 8 at the par-4 10th hole.

Instead, Ferlan ended up tied for second with Collom’s twin sister, Katie, who shot a 79 Tuesday.

“One stroke away,” said Ferlan, who played in the day’s final threesome with Blake Greenup of Heppner and Lindsie LaBonte of Beaverton’s Valley Catholic.

The Collom sisters teed off more than an hour earlier than Ferlan, and with no leaderboards on the course, it was virtually impossible for any of the leaders to know precisely how one another were playing.

“I knew I could do better," Ferlan said, "but it just wasn’t working out for me the way I want it to. But it ended up fine. I mean, I’m happy with the way I ended up and I could be happier.”

Ferlan’s 1-over-par 37 on the front nine Tuesday coupled with Kylie Collom’s 40 and Katie Collom’s 41 gave Ferlan a two-shot cushion at the turn.

Then came No. 10, the 230-yard, par-4 hole that has nothing but trouble to the right.

Ferlan used driver off the tee and pushed it left, almost onto the No. 11 tee box. Then she hit her second shot over the green, almost knocking it into a hazard.

Next, she chipped to the opposite side of the green from the pin. She then putted off the green, needed to chips to get back on the putting surface, and, finally, two-putted for her 8.

“If that had gone any differently, I would have won,” Ferlan said.

On the other 35 holes over two days, Ferlan carded one birdie, 23 pars, and 11 bogeys -- solid by most high school standards.

Molalla coach JD Clarizio was busy watching his daughter Hannah playing in the group just ahead of Ferlan, so he didn’t see Ferlan's one blow-up hole.

“I can totally picture what happened,” he said. “Hannah hit in the same place, and I’m going, ‘Oh, good Lord, this is a tough shot,’ because you’re going over these hills, you’ve got to land it on a fast green that’s going away from you, and that’s going down into a tightly-mowed rough area, down to the junk.

“Hannah happens to hit it tight and makes birdie. Well, Janelle did the opposite and had the disaster. If we rehashed everything, I think we would have made a different decision what to hit there.”

The team race was no contest as Molalla built on a 38-stroke lead after Monday’s opening round and ended up 84 shots ahead of Heppner, 688-772. Valley Catholic took third at 777, followed by Ontario at 779.

“None of us played our best, and we were really looking to tear it up,” Satyna said. “We didn’t play quite as well as we would have liked, but our scores were adequate. We were almost disappointed, because we didn’t play our best, but we still had a lot of fun.”

Molalla’s 688 team score set a school state tournament record, breaking the previous mark of 695 set by the 2010 Indians. But the team total fell short of the OSAA’s all-time, small-school state tournament record of 663 set by Marist of Eugene in 2002 at the Eagle Crest Ridge Course in Redmond -- a record that was within the Indians' reach.

“That was there and I thinking that would have been cool,” JD Clarizio said. “But it doesn’t take away from the fact that what’s so cool about this whole win is just how special the girls are. They’re just such a special group.

“It’s frustrating for them that they didn't score as well as they would have liked, but at the same time it’s excited, because I know they wanted to win. And they played well enough to win. That’s what counts.”

Ferlan found it hard to believe that four years could go by so quickly.

“It’s crazy,” she said. “I mean, it feels just like yesterday when I shot 121 in my first match ever.

“But I wouldn’t have done anything differently. I loved every bit of it.”

-- Jim Beseda / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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