Taft senior Lydia Prins and sophomore Veronica Jin represented Class 3A Taft under near-perfect, windless conditions in preparation for the District tournament May 6-7 at Santiam Golf Club in Aumsville.
Taft junior Sammy Halferty and senior Olivia Baker shot 108 and 114, respectively, Monday to take more than 20 strokes off their scores from last year on the same Creekside Golf Club course in the Blanchet Invitational.
“Our team goals are to improve, have fun and return Taft Tigers golf to excellence,” Morgan said. “Competitively speaking, we would love to compete for a spot in the State championships, but we must be realistic.”
The Taft High girls golf team has been assessed a penalty stroke of sorts entering the 2019 season – a handicap, if you will, but not one that will lower its net score, rather present a major hazard in its quest for a fourth straight trip to the State championships.
The Tigers, who finished second in last week’s Special District 2 finals behind senior medalist Maya Hatton, toured the 5,416-yard par-72 layout in Banks in 432 strokes to stand in 10th place in the 12-team field.
Members of the Taft High boys’ golf team might as well be caregivers, then, because the stakes will be high and the pressure immense over the next two days when the small-school OSAA State Golf Championships are contested at Quail Valley Golf Course near Banks.