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By Gary Henley

The Daily Astorian

Published on May 10, 2017 2:55PM

Last changed on May 10, 2017 3:36PM

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Seaside's Caroline Kotson tees off on the second hole at the Astoria Golf & Country Club in a recent tournament.

Gary Henley/Seaside Signal Seaside's Caroline Kotson tees off on the second hole at the Astoria Golf & Country Club in a recent tournament.

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WARRENTON — The Astoria girls golf team is peaking at the right time, as the Lady Fishermen shot their season-best score May 2 on their home course.

Astoria’s 464 team score was good enough for second place behind Valley Catholic in the Cowapa League (District 1) Championship Tournament at the Astoria Golf & Country Club.

Valley Catholic carded a 419 to win the team title, ahead of Astoria and Scappoose (507) as the three scoring teams. Golfers from Seaside, Rainier and Tillamook also competed.

The Valiants’ Caroline Hobson earned medalist honors, as she was the only golfer to break 100 with a 92.

Morgan Hall took second with a 100, followed by Valley Catholic’s Matti Thurman (102) and Annmarie Gallardo (104).

Seaside’s Caroline Kotson and Astoria’s Jenna Travers earned all-league honors, finishing tied for fifth with a 106.

Astoria golfers Samantha Hemsley (113) and Kristen Travers (122) placed eighth and 10th, respectively, to earn honorable mention all-league.

Teammate Sadie Wooldridge finished one shot out of the top 10 with a 123, and Sarah Lertora rounded out the Astoria scoring with a personal best 139.

Also scoring for the Gulls were Maddy Brown (125) and Caitlin Hillman (138).

Golf regionals will take place next week at Quail Valley on Monday and Forest Hills on Tuesday.

Seaside boys third

WARRENTON — Scappoose carded a 339 team score to win the team title May 1 at the Astoria Golf & Country Club, site of the Cowapa League boys golf championship.

Valley Catholic took second with a 355, four strokes ahead of third-place Seaside (359). Tillamook was fourth at 365, followed by Astoria (397) and Banks (421).

Tillamook’s Carter Lee earned medalist honors with a two-under-par 70, his second league title after winning as a freshman two years ago. Nathan Mapes of Scappoose was the only other player to break 80, carding a 77 to finish second. Scappoose freshman Chase Elliot took third with an 80.

Seaside junior Jackson Kunde led the Gulls with an 82 to finish fourth overall, while Taylor Palmberg paced Astoria with a 93.

Kunde was joined on the Cowapa All-League team by his sophomore teammate, Mason Shamion, who finished sixth with an 87. Rounding out the all-league team: Valley Catholic’s Coe Schmidlin, Cole Heinsen, Nik Thoma and Joey Braun; Scappoose’s A.J. Miltich and Jake Gray; and Tillamook’s Logan Wilks.

“It was nice that Jackson and Mason were able to shoot well enough to get on the all-league team,” said Seaside coach Jim Poetsch. “Jackson kept battling and after being 11 over after 14 holes was able to hit back-to-back birdies and finish strong for his fourth place finish.

“Mason also did a good job of competing for a full round today,” Poetsch said. “He had a rough patch early but didn’t give up and came in with his best score of the year. I also like where we finished as a team today. We were close to Valley Catholic and edged out Tillamook for third.”

Rounding out Astoria’s scores were Brian Wilder (96), Kirk Fausett (101), Josh Olson (107) and Dylan Altheide-Nielson (108).


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