MOLALLA Lilly Pruitt wore sunglasses as she walked onto the first tee at Arrowhead Golf Club for the start of the Three Rivers League championships.
She certainly had a bright day ahead.
The senior shot a career-best round of 84 on a sunny afternoon May 7 to highlight the Canby girls golf teams performance at the two-day district tournament.
Pruitt and the Cougars took fourth place with 792 strokes, including a season-best round of 378 on the first day of competition, finishing behind league champion West Linn (619), Clackamas (720) and Lake Oswego (742).
We improved each match through the year, Canby coach Terry Bailey said. It was amazing. Im very proud of what they were able to accomplish.
Unfortunately for the Cougars, though, they werent able to earn any bids to the Class 6A championships for the first time since 2001. The previous 12-year streak of state representation featured nine of the 14 team berths in program history and five top-five OSAA finishes.
Pruitt, who finished with an 84-99 (183), wasnt able to extend the schools streak despite qualifying for the state tournament as an individual last year.
Junior teammate Hannah Stobie also came up short of qualifying for the state match, carding a 94-96 (190).
It was unbelievably close, Bailey said. They worked their butt off all season. I really wanted to see them be rewarded.
Three other upperclassmen rounded out Canbys lineup. Michaela Reed completed her senior campaign with a 92-109 (201), junior Taylor Jorgensen shot a 108-111 (219) and senior Alyssa Gascho posted a 111-121 (232).
The Cougars engineered their season-best outing on the first day of the tournament after practicing on the course the previous two days. But poor weather conditions negatively affected their scores May 8, when they combined to shoot a 414 a 36-stroke regression from their total in the opening round.
Everything was clicking on Wednesday, Bailey said. The rain Thursday it was not any fun.
West Linns Amanda Elich earned medalist honors with a two-day 150. Lions teammate Sarah Archuleta (154), who took second place, was named the TRL player of the year.
West Linn and Clackamas captured the conferences two team state berths. Lake Oswegos Cami Dozois and Jessica Lee and Lakeridges Sonya Swanson qualified as individuals.
AT A GLANCE
TRL district championships
May 7-8 at Arrowhead Golf Club (Molalla)
Team scores: 1. West Linn (619); 2. Clackamas (720); 3.Lake Oswego (742); 4. Canby (792); 5. Oregon City (863); 6. Lakeridge (887).
Medalist: Amanda Elich, West Linn (150).
Canby: Lilly Pruitt, 84-99 (183); Hannah Stobie, 94-96 (190); Michaela Reed, 92-109 (201); Taylor Jorgensen, 108-111 (219); Alyssa Gascho, 111-121 (232).