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Tualatin girls second, Tigard fourth at league tourney

by: DAN BROOD - THE COLORS -- Tualatin junior Janelle Decker watches her drive on hole No. 13 at Monday's tournament. TUALATIN — It was a good day for some good golf.

And the Tigard and Tualatin high school girls golf teams certainly seemed to up for that.

The Timberwolves and Tigers turned in strong performances at Monday’s Pacific Conference tournament, played under bright, sunny skies at Tualatin Country Club.

“That was fun,” Tualatin junior Janelle Decker said following Monday’s tourney play. “It was sunny and it was good competition.”

“It went pretty well,” Tigard senior Sooji Kim said. “It was really sunny out, and we had a lot of fun.”

The local squads also put up some solid scores.

The Tualatin girls finished second in the team standings at the tournament with a score of 407 strokes, putting the Wolves behind only Forest Grove, which took the top spot with a score of 383. Tigard finished in fourth place with a season-best team score of 439.

“That’s quite good for our team,” Tigard coach Julie Carlsen said. “That’s our best score of the season, by far.”

by: DAN BROOD - FROM THE BEACH -- Tigard senior Sooji Kim chip out of the bunker during play Monday at the Pacific Conference tournament held at Tualatin Country Club. For the Tualatin girls, what makes their performance even more impressive is that, again, they played without senior standout Hayley Mortensen.

Mortensen, who finished in fourth place in the individual standings at last year’s Class 6A state tournament, hasn’t played this season due to back problems. She has been undergoing physical therapy and, on Monday, she said that she’s hoping to be able to play in next week’s conference tournament.

“It’s a disadvantage for the team not to have her. We would like to have her back — no pun intended,” Decker said with a smile.

In the meantime, Decker has filled in at the No. 1 spot in the Timberwolves’ lineup.

“She’s done really well there,” Tualatin coach Trish Mortensen said.

On Monday, Decker turned in a personal-best round of 88 while playing in a group that included defending Class 6A state champion Hannah Swanson of Forest Grove and Century senior standout Raska Nhoung.

“It was fun to try and keep up with them,” Decker said.

Swanson claimed medalist honors at Monday’s event with a one-over par round of 73. Nhoung was second with a score of 85. by: DAN BROOD - ON LINE -- Tualatin's Bridget Nolan watches her putt head toward the cup during play at Monday's Pacific Conference tournament.Decker’s 88 put her in fourth place in the standings.

“It went well,” she said. “My straight chips and putting went well. I was able to look ahead and think of the next shot.”

The highlight of the day for Decker came on the 312-yard hole No. 7, where she carded a birdie three.

“It was lucky,” Decker said with a laugh.

On that hole, Decker hit a second-shot three wood from out of the trees, with the ball ending up just three feet from the cup.

Junior Bridget Nolan carded a 101 for the Timberwolves. Freshman Taylor Frazier, playing in her first varsity tournament, had a round of 106.

“She knocked it out of the park,” Decker said.

Also for the Wolves, Mandy Pozo scored a 112 and Carly Schlenker had a 128.

For the Tigard girls, Kim led the way with a round of 92, which tied her personal-best score, which she previously set at last year’s state tournament.

“One hole (No. 14) was horrible. Other than that, it was good,” Kim said. “My drives were a lot better today. I have a tendency not to hit them straight, but I had more control of them today.”

Kim is looking for even better things to happen in the future.

“I was thinking about it, and I was close to getting an 88 today,” she said. “Next time.”

by: DAN BROOD - SAND SHOT -- Tigard's Megan Priaulx blasts the ball out of a bunker on hole No. 14 during Monday's tournament.Also for the Tigard girls in Monday’s tournament, Katie Bogert had a round of 112, Megan Liles shot a 114, Lauren Doan had a 121 and Megan Priaulx had a 125.

“We’re having a lot of fun,” Kim said. “We have a bigger team this year, and that’s been great.”

The next Pacific Conference tournament will be held Monday at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course in Newberg. The first tee times are set for 1 p.m.

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