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WL golf teams continue their roll

The boys distance themselves from Lakeridge while the girls win again


It's early in the season, but West Linn's boys golf team is a big step closer to earning a trip to state after its third straight second-place finish in league Monday.

The Lions turned in a team score of 319, 19 strokes behind the champions from Lake Oswego. But, more importantly to West Linn, its closest rivals for second, Lakeridge, finished a disappointing fifth, behind both Canby and Clackamas after the Pacers' top golfer suffered a disqualification.

That adds some important distance between the Lions and Lakeridge with three regular-season tournaments remaining.

Monday it was Brett Bushnell leading the way for West Linn. He shot the team's low round of 76, his lowest of the season so far.

Hayden Coppedge was close behind with a 77, just one off his season-best round from the previous week.

Ryan Kelly shot an 81 for the Lions while CJ Sitton and Soren Carr each had rounds of 85.

West Linn has been very consistent so far this season as it looks to steadily improve throughout the spring.

The Lions were also coming off a solid third-place showing at the Summit Invitational in Bend over the weekend.

West Linn fired a 313 as a team, just nine strokes behind the winners from Bend.

Kelly took second individually and was the team's low scorer with a 73. Bushnell was next with a 79. Sitton shot an even round of 80 and Coppedge came in with an 81.

Next up for the Lions is a league tournament Monday at Stone Creek in Oregon City.

In the girls tournament, West Linn endured what was a difficult day for many at Oswego Lake Country Club and cruised to another victory.

The Lions posted a team score of 327, cruising by 51 strokes over second-place Clackamas.

Sarah Archuleta was the only player to crack 80 in the tournament, picking up medalist honors with a 79.

The Lions posted the three lowest individual scores of the tournament. Amanda Elich was just one stroke behind Archuleta with an 80 while her sister Kristin Elich shot an 81.

Chloe Barnes was West Linn's No. 4 golfer on the afternoon, carding an 87.

The girls team will compete at Arrowhead Monday.




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