Molalla's top four golfers finished among the top 15 players and the four-time defending champion Indians opened a 38-shot lead over Heppner in the team race Monday at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis.

Molalla senior Janelle Ferlan posted a score of 6-over-par 78 Monday and was one shot off the lead after the opening round of the OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A girls’ golf state championships at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis.

In the team race, Molalla took a giant step toward securing a fifth consecutive state championship after putting up a score of 348 and opening a commanding 38-shot lead over Heppner.

Only one shot separates Heppner (386) and Valley Catholic of Beaverton (387) in the battle for second place.

Ferlan had the lead after shooting a 38 on the front nine, but then made bogey on four of the first five holes on the back nine to fall one stroke behind first-round leader Kylie Collom from Henley Klamath Falls.

Collom’s twin sister Katie was two strokes off the pace in third place after a 79.

Molalla’s top four golfers were all among the top 15 players on the leaderboard following Monday’s opening round over Trysting’s 5,419-yard layout.

Junior Hannah Clarizio used a birdie on the final hole to climb into a tie for ninth place at 88, while junior Helen Daniels stood alone in 13th after a 90, and senior Katelin Satyna was 15th with a 92. Sophomore Taylor Hosek’s 108 did not count in the team score.

Molalla’s girls will be among the last players to tee off during Tuesday’s final round, which gets underway at 7:30 a.m.

Sophomore Sabrina VanSmoorenburg will play in place of Hosek and be the first Molalla player off the first tee at 8:24 a.m., followed by Satyna at 8:33 a.m., Daniels at 8:42 a.m., Clarizio at 8:51 a.m., and then Ferlan at 9 a.m.

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