BANKS — Sporting borrowed rain gear on a soggy morning in the Tualatin Valley west of Portland, Summit’s Olivia Loberg delivered what her coach called a “gritty” performance Tuesday to win the Class 6A girls golf state championship.
It was the third straight state title for Loberg, a senior, who had won Class 5A state championships with the Storm the previous two years.
“I ended up grinding it out,” Loberg said. “It feels great. It feels amazing to have a three-peat.”
Loberg carded a 1-over-par 73 Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course after shooting a 68 Monday for a two-day total of 141. She won by five strokes over first-round leader Alexa Udom of Westview (67-79—146).
“Her performance was gritty,” Summit coach Nate Kitt said of Loberg. “She didn’t hit the ball particularly well (Tuesday). It was just hard. She was in a borrowed rain jacket and rain paints, from her aunt, who lives up here. The forecast changed. We (other Summit players) had to go to Target and buy pants. They weren’t expecting rain all day.”
Said Loberg: “I wasn’t really prepared for the rain, but thank God my aunt lives in Beaverton.”
Summit sophomore Sophie Dalfonsi finished fourth (75-74—149) as the Storm finished with 717 strokes, good for seventh place among 14 teams.
“Sophie was right there too,” Kitt said. “She really didn’t have anything fall today. It was just one of those patient performances.”
Jesuit won the team title with 616 strokes, followed by Westview (624), West Linn (653) and Clackamas (659).
Loberg bogeyed the par-5 third hole Tuesday, but then she hit her tee shot to within a foot of the cup to make birdie on the 130-yard, par-3 fourth hole.
On the par-4 ninth hole, she chipped in to make birdie.
“That kind of boosted by confidence for the back nine,” said Loberg, who plans to attend Eastern Michigan University in the fall on a golf scholarship.
Kitt said he knew something special was happening when Loberg shot a 4-under 68 on Monday in the first round.
“She knew that she was close and she knew there was a lot of talent behind her,” Kitt said of Tuesday’s round. “She definitely had to scramble and grit through it, especially on the back nine. It was pretty phenomenal to watch.”
Loberg said the 6A competition was a bit tougher than 5A, adding that she was accustomed to playing against the best 6A players in Oregon Golf Association tournaments during the summers.
“There are more teams and a little bit more competition,” Loberg said of 6A. “I know a few of those girls from Jesuit and West Linn. I’ll be playing with a couple of those girls in Canada in a couple of weeks at the Northwest Canada Cup.”