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GOLF: Janelle Ferlan signs with Oregon Tech Owls


The runner-up at this year's OSAA Class 4A girls' golf state tournament accepted a full-ride scholarship to play for the Owls of the NAIA Cascade Collegiate Conference

by: JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Molalla's Janelle Ferlan, right, sits alongside Indians' golf coach JD Clarizio after signing a letter of intent to play college golf for Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls.In pondering her her college choice, Molalla star golfer Janelle Ferlan seriously considered becoming a Bearcat, a Boxer, a Cavalier, a Knight and even a Warrior.

Last week, she made it official. She’s going to be an Owl.

Ferlan, the runner-up at last month’s OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A girls’ state tournament, has signed a letter of intent with Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls and hopes to make an impact as a freshman for the Owls of the NAIA’s Cascade Collegiate Conference.

“The only thing I can do is make them better,” said Ferlan, who helped lead the Indians to a fifth consecutive team state title and the program’s sixth championship in school history.

Ferlan listened to offers from Willamette (Bearcats), Pacific (Boxers), Concordia (Cavaliers), Warner-Pacific (Knights), and Corban (Warriors), but was eventually swayed by the Owls' offer of a full-ride scholarship.

“I also like that they have hands-on learning,” said Ferlan, who plans to major in business and marketing. “That’s how I learn the best. When it’s hands on, it means something. I’m actually getting the experience that I’m going to be needing for the rest of my life.”

Ferlan posted rounds of 76 and 80 to finish at 12-over-par 156 and captured medalist honors by eight strokes over teammate Hannah Clarizio at the May 12-13 district championships at the Oregon Golf Association Course in Woodburn.

At the state tournament, Ferlan followed up her opening-round 78 with an 80 at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis and finished one stroke off the pace set by Henley's Kylie Collom, who finished at 13-over 157.

Clarizio (171), Helen Daniels (179) and Katelin Satyna (180) also placed among the top 14 finishers for Molalla, giving the Indians a team score of 688. Molalla finished 84 strokes ahead of runner-up Heppner and became only the second girls’ team in the history of Oregon high school golf to win five consecutive state titles.

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