They own the Cowapa League, and they’ve qualified for the state tournament 14 times in the last 15 years. And they just keep getting better.

The gap is also widening between the Seaside girls golf team and the rest of the district, and shows no sign of getting closer.

Seaside won the 2011 district title by 112 strokes over the nearest competitor. And the Lady Gulls ran circles around the field last year, as Seaside finished with a two-day total 812 – 143 strokes better than second-place Tillamook.

Of the 13 teams in the 4A/3A/2A/1A state tournament, Seaside finished fourth in the standings with a 767 total score – just 47 strokes behind state champion Molalla.

With two-time district medalist Katy Kawasoe leading the way, expect more of the same this season.

“Maybe even do better,” said Seaside coach Zdravko Barbic, even though the Gulls were down to a preseason list of just five golfers, instead of eight.

“We’re trying to recruit more, but we’re having a hard time,” Barbic said early in the season.

The only returners are Katy Kawasoe, Emma Hassan and Ashley Bassett. The newcomers are Gabrielle Grissen and Kyna Lin.

“Katy is our No. 1 player for sure,” Barbic said. “I think with the way Katy plays, and if our team has some success, we might get more girls who want to try golf next year.”


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