Janelle Ferlan is the last in a long line of Ferlan children to tee it up for the Indians, but the first to win multiple team state championships. She's also in the hunt this week for a possible individual title.

by: JD CLARIZIO - Molalla senior Janelle Ferlan finished at 12-over-par 156 to claim medalist honors at last week's Special District 2 girls' golf championships at the Oregon Golf Association Course in Woodburn.Of Claire and Steve Ferlan’s 11 children, 10 have played high school golf for the Molalla Indians.

Brian Ferlan was the first, playing as a freshman in the spring of 1994.

Next came Sheryl, Annette, Leanne, Cecelia, Tillie, Gary, Helen and Kevin.

Finally, there is Janelle Ferlan, the youngest. The high school senior will play her final round of golf for Molalla on Tuesday when she hopes to lead the Indians to a fifth consecutive OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A girls’ state championship at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis.

Sheryl was the first Ferlan to play on a state championship team in 1995 when Molalla finished five strokes ahead of Tillamook. Helen also had a hand in winning a state title in 2010 when the Indians edged St. Mary’s of Medford by three strokes.

Janelle is the only one in the family to play on multiple championship teams and is in position to finish her career having contributed to four team titles -- a rarity across all classifications.

“I cannot wait for it,” Ferlan said. “I am super excited for Tuesday and I hope that we will pull through.”

She has mixed emotions about her final high school tournament.

“Yes, it has sunk in, and I’m not liking it too much,” Ferlan said. “Well, I do like it, but at the same time I wish I could stay here with this golf team that I’ve become so close to.”

Ferlan posted a score of 6-over-par 78 and was one shot behind first-day leader Kylie Collom of Henley, while Molalla jumped to a commanding 38-stroke cushion over Heppner in the team race after Monday's opening round of the state tournament.

Ferlan had the lead after shooting a 38 on the front nine, but bogeys on four on the first five holes on the back nine dropped her behind Collom, whose round featured two birides and seven bogeys.

Second-round action is scheduled to being at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, with Ferlan among the final golfers to tee off the first tee at 9 a.m.

Molalla dominated last week’s Special District 2 tournament at the Oregon Golf Association Course in Woodburn, shooting a two-day team score of 687 to runner-up Valley Catholic’s 814.

Ferlan claimed medalist honors with a 36-hole total of 12-over-par 156, while junior Hannah Clarizio finished at 164, senior Katelin Satyna added a 179, and junior Helen Daniels shot 188.

District 7 champion Heppner posted the second lowest winning team score of 733 during last week’s qualifying rounds, while District 7 runner-up Ontario (754) and District 6 champion Henley of Klamath Falls (768) were the only other small-school state qualifiers to break 800.

The Indians seemed a virtual lock for a fifth straight title heading into Monday’s opening round of the two-day tournament.

“I would love for the girls to finish well,” Molalla coach JD Clarizio said. “The victory would be great, but I’d really love to see them shoot some numbers that they can really feel good about.

“If Janelle and Hannah shoot what I think they’re capable of shooting, they should be in the 70s at Trysting. And then if Helen and Kaitlyn score in the 80s, I don’t know if anybody can catch us.”

In addition to another team title, Ferlan said her personal goal is a top-five finish. She finished 13th as a freshman, which also was the last time the small-school tournament was played at Trysting Tree. She then placed 10th as a sophomore and was 11th as a junior in the two tournaments played at Eagle Crest Ridge Course in Redmond.

Her memories of Trysting Tree include all the elevated greens and the back-to-back par-5s on the back nine -- Nos. 14 and 15 -- that run alongside the Willamette River.

“Those two holes ate up a lot of balls my freshman year,” Ferlan said. “I know that all we have to do is hit a club that we know will go straight, and hit another club that we know will go straight, and then hit it on the green.

“All the other girls will bring out their big clubs and … well, we’re taught to play smarter than that.”

Ferlan, who is considering playing college golf for Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls next year, said her fondest memories of her prep career have been immediately following the state tournament when the Molalla police and fire departments have met the Indians on the outskirts of town and given them an escort back to the school.

She’s hoping to see another escort waiting for the Indians on Tuesday.

Notes: Molalla's top four golfers Monday finished among the top 15 players, including junior Hannah Clarizio, who made a birdie on the final hole to claim a share of ninth place with an 88. Junior Helen Daniels stood alone in 13th after a 90, and senior Katelin Satyna was 15th with a 92. Sophomore Taylor Hosek's 108 was not included in the team score.

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