Golfers in the thick of it in ‘extremely balanced’ league

The Husky girls golf team finished fourth of seven teams on April 20, and Chelsea Gagner took second place by one stroke to Blanchet’s Alex Johnson.

“As a team, we scored better today than we have been, with improved scores from Elyse Ellingboe and Megan Moser,” Coach Jason Gorham said. “The fourth-place (team) finish was the best finish in a Capital Conference match this season.

“With district coming up, it is good to see improvements and higher finishes in the team standings.”

Gagner shot 87. Ellingboe finished at 120 and Moser at 123. Ella Butler scored 148.

Molalla won the outing, shooting 429. Blanchet finished at 444; Sisters, 454; Sweet Home, 478; Stayton, 506; Cascade, 520; and Kennedy, 529.

Boys golf

The boys finished third in a Capital Conference matchup at Mallard Creek on April 18, behind Sisters and Stayton.

Sweet Home scored 342, just one stroke behind Stayton. Sisters finished at 422.

“Sam Waller tied for second to lead the Huskies,” Coach Tom Horn said. Waller shot 78.

“The 342 team score was the Huskies’ best of the season and continued their improved play,” Horn said. “Ryan Elliott showed improvement with a season best 87 for a tie for 11th place.

“The Capital Conference is extremely balanced this year. One stroke separated second and third place while one stroke separated first and second in the opening Capital Conference Tournament.

“Any one of five teams are capabale of winning a league tournament. We constantly talk about making every stroke count. If each player could take just one fewer shot over 18 holes, we could be right in the thick of things when the conference tournament rolls around.”

Sean McGuyure finished withan 87. Ramoz finished with 90, and Taylor Huschka finished at 92.

Cascade was fourth at 355; Molalla, fifth, 356; and North Marion sixth, 361.

At Aspen Lakes on April 12, “no one played well as the Huskies finished third of four in Sisters,” Horn said. “It’s a difficult course that the boys did not figure out.”

Waller was low scorer for Sweet Home with 86, which tied him for fourth.

Sisters was the top team, shooting 334; Cascade, 353; Sweet Home, 366; and North Marion, 381.

McGuyre shot 91; Elliott, 92; Ramoz, 97; and Huschka, 103.