GEARHART - While the young golf teams on the North Coast will spend most of the 2010 season learning as they go, Scappoose and Tillamook will likely battle it out for the top spot in Cowapa League girls golf this year.

The Indians and the Lady Mooks staged their most recent battle Monday at the Gearhart Golf Links, as Seaside hosted it annual Invitational on a soggy Gearhart course.

Astoria, Scappoose and Tillamook were the only schools to attend, as several teams dropped out over the past week. Still, the teams that showed up each had their own highlights.

Seaside had just two golfers competing, but senior Sarah LaCoste recorded a season-low score of 99, which included a 49 on the front and 50 on the back nine, with pars on holes eight, 11 and 18.

Sister Sophie LaCoste shot a personal best score of 117 (54-63).

Riley Van Horn played a consistent round (62-61-123) to finish as the top golfer for Astoria, which posted a 547 team score.

Astoria senior Lauren Ploghoft and sophomore teammate Kendra Scheel both shot 129, which included a 58 on the front nine for Ploghoft. Scheel highlighted her day with a chip shot into the hole on No. 11.

Rounding out the scores for the Lady Fish were Jennifer Mandujano (87-79-166) and Julietta Mandujano (97-99-196).

Meanwhile, the top scores of the afternoon belonged to the golfers from Tillamook and Scappoose, as the Cheesemakers won the team title with a 426, just eight strokes ahead of Scappoose (434).

Sophomore Alex Stirling of Scappoose was medalist with a 50-44-94, followed by Tillamook's Kelsey Hopkes (51-46-97) and November Bernard (50-48-98).


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