Tuesday, May 30, 2006
News staff writer
May 13, 2006
The Hood River Valley High School girls’ golf team finished sixth this week in the Intermountain Conference district tournament at the Pendleton Country Club. After a cold and windy first day, on Monday, the weather cleared and gave the girls much better playing conditions.
The HRV girls finished sixth overall, after golfing well but dropping in standings due to some tough holes.
“Our girls played well most of the day, but they all had a few disaster holes that really hurt their scores,” Coach Dave Waller commented. “The first round on Monday was difficult, with cold and windy weather, and a difficult and long front nine. The girls improved by 37 strokes on the back nine, as they avoided most of the problems they had on the front. We had some of the same problems on day two, with all the girls playing well most of the way, but with a couple of bad holes that got them again.”
Leading the IMC all season, and taking the team title was Summit High School, which is expected to finish near the top at next week’s state tournament. Summit’s two-day score of 660 was 40 strokes ahead of second-place Redmond.
For the Eagles, junior Sandra Jefferies led the way with a two-day total of 199. Seniors Kristi Heinze and Whitney Osborn followed with 215 and 218 two-day totals.
“It was great to get a chance to coach the girls this year,” Waller said. “They are a great group to be around, and with some good work over the summer I look forward to seeing where they go in the years to come. Although they would have liked to finish higher in the district this year, I am pleased to note that they won an award from the Dairy Farmers of Oregon for their work in the classroom. They were 10th in the state for team GPA, and had the highest GPA of any team at HRV this year.”
Max Gorman came two strokes away from qualifying for the state golf tournament. After shooting an 81 on the first day of the Intermountain Conference district tournament at Juniper Golf Course, Gorman bettered his second-day score by five strokes to finish the tournament with a 157 total, which was good enough for seventh place individually.
The top two teams and the top five individuals qualify for state, meaning Gorman and the rest of the Hood River Valley Eagles’ golf team are done for the season.
Bend took the team title, followed by Hermiston in second. The Eagles finished last.
Max Gorman 81, 76 157 total
Keith Powrie 89, 97 186 total
Nick Bailey 97, 92 189 total
Michael Turner 103, 89 192 total
K. C. Christensen 114, DNP
Dane Jacobson DNP, WD
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