Forest Grove junior Hannah Swanson wins her first state title with a tournament-record performance

Until a few weeks ago, in the nearly 40-year history of the OSAA golf tournament, no Forest Grove girl had ever won state medalist honors.

That all changed on May 14.

Competing in front of family and friends at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks, Hannah Swanson roared back from a late-round deficit to capture the Class 6A girls individual state championship by a single stroke. With the win, Swanson became Forest Grove’s first girls state champion in the sport and just the school’s second ever. Fred Haney won the boys state tournament in 1966.

“It doesn’t even feel like it still happened,” Swanson said on the day of her victory. “Maybe tomorrow it will finally settle in.”

Swanson and Beaverton’s Gigi Stoll — the 2012 state champion — entered the final round tied after shooting matching 1-over-par 73s. Swanson had the advantage on Day 2, teeing off well after Stoll, who set a blazing pace by making birdie on six of her first 10 holes. Stoll eventually shot a 4-under 68, a record-low round in state tournament history.

Swanson was even better. The three-time Pacific Conference champion started the second day on the back nine, making birdie on No. 11, then rattling off birdies on Nos. 1, 2 and 3 and an eagle on No. 5 to surge into the lead.

“She’s the type of gal, when she knows what she needs to do, she can pretty much go out and do it,” said Forest Grove coach Bobby Rymer.

Swanson gave back a stroke with a bogey on the seventh hole before shooting par on the final two holes to seal her victory with a state tournament record-low round of 67. She finished with a 4-under 140 — and made some history.

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