Considering where they finished last season, the performances by Redmond girls golf teams at the May 6-7 regional tournament were quite remarkable.
Ridgeview shot a two-day team score of 396-399—795 to win the eight-team Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference/Intermountain Conference regional tournament May 7 at Meadow Lakes in Prineville, clinching a spot at the May 13-14 state tournament. Redmond dropped off after leading after the first day of play to finish third with a score of 392-427— 819, but the Panthers’ Elizabeth Roundtree was individual medalist, shooting 89-93—182.
“I’ve got the most amazing, positive team,” Ravens coach Guy Millington said. “They showed up to play two days of golf.”
IMC rival The Dalles (400-415—815) finished second.
Millington said improved consistency helped the team this season. The Ravens shot a two-day 842 in finishing seventh at the 2018 regional tournament, which included Bend schools that have moved on to Class 6A.
“The came out and averaged within the same stokes of each other,” he said of this season’s play. “There were no huge ups and downs.”
Redmond shot 997 over two days last season, finishing last in the 11-team district. Elizabeth Roundtree finished out of the top 10 back then, shooting 99-117—216 in leading Redmond.
Roundtree, a senior who plans to attend Central Oregon Community College next year while preparing to play college golf, was proud of the strides she’s made in the last year.
“Today was rough, but I pulled it together on the back nine,” she said after her final round. “Overall, I’m pretty upbeat.”
Roundtree defeated Hood River’s Victoria Ervin by five shots, while Ridgeview’s Danika Lundgren shot 91-98—189 to tie for third individually, leading the Ravens.
“I just kept as calm as I could and kept an open mind,” Lundgren, a junior, said after her final round. “I am so happy, I never expected this.”
Other Ridgeview finishers were 10th-place Logan Dietz (100-100—200); Ayla Atkins (101-101—202), who tied for 11th; 15th-place Alex Chastain 104-100—204) and 24th-place Josie Miller (108-116—224).
For Redmond, Klanci Hinton (105-97—202) tied for 11th, McKenzie Richardson (101-112—213) tied for 17th, Tabitha Carson (97-125—222) finished 23rd and Mae Doty (124-125—249) tied for 31st among 43 finishers.
Both teams improved despite having to practice indoors for the first several weeks of the season. Along with hitting foam balls over lunch tables and putting on carpet, the Ridgeview girls practiced yoga.
Pendleton already clinched the district title and the IMC’s top spot at state and did not play at the event in Prineville. Wilsonville (423-407— 887) finished fourth at the regional tournament, but clinched a spot at state as the highest finishing NWOC team.
While Pendleton, which bested the Ravens each time they played this season, will be tough, Millington hopes for a strong finish at Monday and Tuesday’s Class 5A State Championships at Quail Valley in Banks.
“I hope we can compete, and, hopefully, place somewhere in the top three,” he said.
— Reporter: 541-548-2186, gfolsom@redmond spokesman.com