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Girls gaining experience on the greens


April 27, 2016

JAKE HINDMARSH takes a shot during a tournament at Mallard Creek.

Sweet Home’s girls haven’t had much tournament time on the golf course – until last week.

The girls played three matches, including one ended prematurely by lightning.

“They’ve been busy,” Coach Pat Davis said. “They haven’t been in school much.”

What they got was experience on the greens, and two are looking like district tournament contenders, he said.

Haley May shot 102 on Monday, April 25, to finish fifth in a pre-district match at Santiam in Stayton after “blowing up” on one hole on the back nine, while Alayna Davis, who also had a bad hole on the backstretch – she shot a 12 – finished with 107. But that was good enough for fifth place for May and seventh for Davis.

On Friday, April 22, at Chinook Winds in Lincoln City, both showed what they are capable of, Pat Davis said.

May shot a 95 to finish second in a field of 40 mostly district golfers and Alyana Davis finished fifth with a 101.

“Haylee’s on the inside looking out and Alyana’s on the outside looking in,” Pat Davis said of their outlook going into the district tournament May 9-10.

On Thursday, April 21, May was on her way to a 44 for the back nine at the Oregon Golf Association course in Woodburn, after shooting a 51 on the first nine holes, when lightning struck as she approached the 17th hole. Alayna Davis was on her way to a 49 after shooting 59 on the front half.

“That ended it,” Pat Davis said. “But they were both playing much better on the back nine than they did (Monday, April 24).”

The girls will have a week off, though Davis is trying to arrange one more tournament for them after a home match at Mallard Creek, originally scheduled for Friday, April 29, fell through.

The boys had some time off last week after a home match on Tuesday, April 19 at Mallard Creek.

Jake Hindmarsh, Jackson Lynn and Seth Wright all finished with a 108 each as the Huskies finished sixth out of nine district teams, 20 strokes behind fifth-place North Marion.

“Jake is kind of in a slump,” Pat Davis said, noting that Hindmarsh shot a 91 in a practice round at Mallard Creek early this week. “He should be under 100.”

The boys will be back in action at Sutherlin Wednesday, April 27, and then will be at Tokatee Monday, May 1.


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