“Chasing Seaside” will be the name of the game this year in Cowapa League girls golf.

The defending district champion Gulls are far ahead of the field, and the favorite to capture another straight title.

“Seaside will be the team to beat,” said Astoria coach Chris Hunt, whose team should be in the hunt for a second place finish.

“(Seaside’s) Katy Kawasoe is far above everybody else, individually,” he said. “Scappoose lost their two best golfers, and from what I’ve heard, it will be between us and them (for second place).”

Rainier and Tillamook may not be able to field full teams to score at districts, which will be held this year at Astoria on Day 1, and Quail Valley for the second round.

Scappoose isn’t the only team in a rebuilding mode, with Astoria entering the season with four freshmen, along with a junior and a sophomore.

Junior Kelsie Hoppes is the most experienced golfer on the team. The Fishermen also return sophomore Staci McGregor, and the four freshmen are Ally Bentley, Chloee Hunt, Justine Qualls and Megan Sparks.

“The nice thing for the new ones, they haven’t played a lot, so they’re kind of a blank canvas, and don’t have a lot of bad habits,” Hunt said. “We had one of the pros out the other day, helping with their swing. They’re coming along.”

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