Scappoose girls golf battles to seventh at state tournament
The Scappoose girls golf team ended its 2018 season right where it wanted to — competing against some of Oregon's best teams at the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state tournament.
The Indians, after winning the Cowapa League district title and finishing third in regionals, came back strong at state, eventually finishing seventh in the 12-team field at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks on Monday Tuesday.
"I thought the (we) exceeded expectations this year in advancing to the state tournament," said Scappoose coach Joe Girres. "We returned three varsity players but only two (seniors Morgan Hall and Kaitlyn Bakkensen) with multiple years' experience."
Indeed, it was the Indians' continued improvement and progression over the course of the year that enabled their solid finish.
"We were a team without a lot of experience that gelled towards the end of the season, having won the district tournament and following up with a third-place finish at regionals," Girres said.
Hall and Bakkensen used their experience to great effect at Quail Valley, with Hall — in her fourth straight season at state — shooting 92 on Monday and 87 on Tuesday for a tournament total of 179 and a 16th-place finish. Bakkensen was nearly as good, carding a 97 on Monday and a 95 on Tuesday for a 20th-place finish at 192.
"I'd like to give a special thanks and acknowledgement to Morgan Hall and Kaitlyn Bakkensen for their four years of golf," Girres said, adding that senior Kenzie Sue would also graduate this spring. "Special thanks to all three seniors who helped in making this a special year."
Following Hall and Bakkensen, sophomore Callie Enos finished 43rd after shooting 106-109—215, Sue placed 56th after her 106-129—235, and freshman Rylee Cook was 62nd after her 125-131—256.
"Morgan and Kaitlyn were steady performers once again at state, … Callie Enos had two solid rounds of 106 and 109 and our freshman contributor (Rylee Cook) PR'd on the first day of state," Girres said.
The complete team scoring included: St. Mary's 323-328—651, Heppner/Ione 366-371—737, Valley Catholic 397-380—777, Salem Academy/Blanchet 396-389—785, La Grande 397-394—791, Taft 432-388—820, Scappoose 401-420—821, Cascade 418-424—842, Baker/Powder 421-426—847, Oregon Episcopal 418-435—853, Waldport 437-433—870, Phoenix 466-415—881.
At the top of the individual standings, the tournament's top five players were: Baylee Hammericksen, St. Mary's, 70-72—142; Tori Suto, Wallowa/Joseph, 75-72—147; Yvonne Vinceri, Riverdale, 70-79—149; Kaylee Wu, St. Mary's, 74-78—152; and Kamryn Ford, St. Mary's, 82-76—158.