Hannah Swanson shoots a second-day 68 to earn her third straight conference title

Hannah Swanson already knew that she was headed back to the Class 6A state golf tournament. What she wanted more than anything else was for her Forest Grove teammates to join her.

After shooting a sizzling 4-under par 68 at Forest Hills Golf Course last Tuesday to run away with district medalist honors, Swanson cheered on the rest of the Lady Vikings as they finished second as a team, earning what is thought to be the first state tournament berth in program history.

“We might have to check the school record books, but I believe it’s the first time a Forest Grove girls team has qualified for state,” said head golf coach Bobby Rymer. “It’s pretty cool. They were so close last year and they just missed it, so this was a great goal for them.”

Swanson went into the second day of the district tourney with a one-shot lead over Tualatin’s Hayley Mortensen, but the Forest Grove junior made Forest Hills her own personal playground on Tuesday. Even after missing a four-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, Swanson still made five birdies and carded a 4-under 68 to win the district title by 13 strokes over Mortensen, who shot 80 on the second day.

“As great as she played, she felt like she left a couple shots out there,” Rymer said. “She felt like she could have shot a 64.”

With her individual victory already in hand, Swanson watched as her teammates held on for a second-place team finish and a state tournament bid.

The Lady Vikings shot 440 as a team on the first day to take a 22-stroke lead over third-place Newberg, and they backed it up on the second day with a score of 442 to finish 31 shots ahead of the Tigers. Tualatin ran away with the district title with a two-day team score of 784.

“Hannah knew that she would probably qualify as an individual, but she wanted nothing more than to have the team qualify,” Rymer said. “These girls get along so well and they’re all so supportive of each other. This is just a great group to coach.”

Individually, Forest Grove junior Emily Keller shaved 14 shots off her first-day score to post a round of 110 and finish in 12th place (234 total). Junior Madison Woods shot rounds of 116-128 to finish tied for 17th, junior Amanda Horne scored 123-136 to finish tied for 23rd, and senior Hayley Evers scored 158-136 to finish 28th.

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