by: Michael Cade, Chelsea Ditmore finishes up the front nine at the Resort at the Mountain.

WELCHES - The April 18 Mount Hood Conference tournament at Resort at the Mountain was almost called due to weather.


But that didn't stop Chelsea Ditmore and the Sandy Pioneers from trudging forward in the wintry conditions to achieve a seventh-place tournament finish with 448 team points.

Ditmore paced the Pioneers with a final individual score of 109, which included a rock-solid front nine total of 51.

Ditmore achieved par on the 277-yard No. 9 hole to cap off a good showing on the club's 'Thistle' portion.

'I love this course,' she said, indicating that the 'Foxglove' section of the Resort offered the only really challenging fairways. (The Foxglove - the final portion of the club's three-tiered layout - will serve as the de facto back nine when Sandy's April 27 tournament date rolls around.)

Ditmore, a talented skier on the dominant Pioneers ski team, must have felt right at home when snow blasted onto the course's 'Pine Cone' area.

'Golfers are (tough),' Sandy coach Molly Neal exclaimed as mixtures of rain, snow and hail began dropping out of the sky.

Gresham's Emily Slayton toughed out the elements to produce an outstanding score of 77. 'She played through the worst on the last few holes,' Gresham coach Scott Shields said. 'She didn't let inclement weather ruin a good round.'

Other top Pioneer finishers included Dalton Meade (110), Becky Van Ausdell (114) and Jordan Shields (115).

Van Ausdell had a productive turn on the Thistle course, producing a par-3 on the 106-yard No. 8 hole. Meade, like Ditmore, also achieved par on the No. 9 hole.

St. Mary's took home top team honors once again with a final mark of 331. Central Catholic followed the Blues with a mark of 367 and Gresham (375), Barlow (391), Hood River (438), Reynolds (439), Sandy (448), David Douglas (448) and Centennial (508) rounded out the remainder of the group scores.

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