Gagner wins league golf title, goes to state

Chelsea Gagner of Sweet Home was tied for ninth after the first day of the OSAA 3A/2A/1A girls golf championships at Eagle Crest Ridge Course in Redmond.

Agatha Brzezinski of Wilsonville was leading with a 37-35-73 1-over-par going into Tuesday’s round, which occurred after press time for The New Era. Gagner was 12 shots back, with a 41-43-84 after Monday’s round.

Gagner was the only Husky to qualify for state, after winning the Capital Conference district golf tournament at Santiam Golf Club May 8 and 9. Results of the boys district playoffs were not available.

At district, Gagner scored 86-88-174 to lead Tillie Ferlan of Moalla, who shot 96-89-186. Alex Johnson (91-94-185) and Meg Paledech (109-95-204) of Blanchet were third and frouth, and Alexis Wainwright of Sisters was fifth in the individual competition with 106-106-212.

“Chelsea played a solid two-day event,” said girls golf coach Jason Gorham. “She really played smart and did not let herself put up any big numbers. Winning the the district match has been a goal for her since last year and I am really happy for her, she has worked hard and deserves this.”For the Huskies, Elyse Ellingboe shot 112-110-222 for ninth place overall and second-team all-conference honors. Megan Moser was third (137-128-265), Ella Butler was fourth (138-139-277) and Sarah Tyler fifth (152-147-299).

Molalla (441-414-855) was the top team in the league, followed by Sisters (436-450-886), Blanchet (463-424-887), Sweet Home (473-465-938), Stayton (488-475-963), Kennedy (507-502-1009) and Cascade (556-508-1064).

“As a team we had our two lowest scores of the season and Elyse Ellingboe went out and had her two best rounds of the year to finish in ninth place overall,” Gorham said.