REDMOND — The first round of the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A OSAA girls golf state championship at Eagle Crest Ridge Course was a little rough for La Pine coach Todd Sickles’ liking.
The Hawks finished the day with an overall 404, good enough for seventh place in the 14-team standings and well behind three-time defending state champion Molalla, which totaled a 356.
“It got a little windy in the afternoon,” Sickles said. “I don’t think it played extra tough today. The girls did say the rough was a little bit thick, a little tough to get out of.”
Sammie McPherson recorded the low round for La Pine, carding an 11-over 83 to sit in 13th place with one day to play. She hit the ball well, Sickles said, but putting cost McPherson.
“They just have to do better on course management,” Sickles said about what his Hawks need to do during today’s second round. “Just keep the ball in better position on the course. It is a shot-maker’s course. ... Eliminate those bad holes.”
Sophomore Kaitlin Collom, of Klamath Falls’ Henley, the state champ in 2012, leads the 82-player field with a 4-under 68, followed closely by matching scores of 69 by Mazama’s Hannah Reynolds and Reedsport’s Monica Vaughn, the 2011 state winner.
Crook County, the state runner-up here in 2012, stands in ninth place after the first day with a 413, led by a 92 from Caitlin Dalton, putting her 20th overall.
Competing as individuals are Trinity Lutheran’s Victoria Sample, who is 14th after an 84, and Ridgeview’s Tianna Brown, who’s 104 puts her in a tie for 44th.
The final round of the state championship tees off today at 8 a.m.
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