Ly, Tomp, Hammerickson All Win Individual Titles While Wilsonville, St. Mary’s, Jesuit Are Team Champs

The final day of the 2022 Golf State Championships took place in Creswell and Redmond on Tuesday, with each meet coming in with some anticipated level of excitement for various reasons. Cleveland’s Kyra Ly tied a state championship record in her opening round on Monday, St. Mary’s Medford’s Riley Hammerickson and Catlin Gabel’s Challin Kim were tied after the opening round in 4A/3A/2A/1A, and North Eugene Freshman Francesca Tomp was putting on a show in 5A.

Class 4A/3A/2A/1A

In a neck-to-neck battle for the individual title, Riley Hammerickson outdid Challin Kim in their Tuesday round in Redmond, shooting for a 74 while Kim had a 77, defeating her by three strokes to win the individual state title. Dufur’s Tora Timinsky took third, while Ava Austria (Catlin Gabel) and Esha Reddy tied for fourth to round out the top five individuals at state. Hammerickson’s title also marks the third straight individual title for a Crusader, with her sister Baylee Hammericksen winning the last two official ones in 2018 and 2019.

As for the team title, the Crusaders of St. Mary’s held a firm 13 stroke lead over Marist entering Tuesday and while they shot 18 strokes worse than they did on Monday, the Crusaders hung on against Marist by eight strokes to win the state title. St. Mary’s finished with 694 strokes and Marist had 702. Valley Catholic (794), Marshfield (808), and Dufur (843) rounded out the top five teams in Redmond. For St. Mary’s, it is their fifth straight state title dating back to 2016 with the 2020 and 2021 meets officially canceled.

Credit: OSAA

Class 5A

Coming into Tuesday with a firm six stroke lead over Wilsonville’s Paris Wilhelm, North Eugene’s Francesca Tomp had the state title in the bag with another solid performance on Tuesday in Creswell. Tomp actually shot seven strokes worse than she did on Monday, and with Wilhelm fading into third, Crescent Valley’s Mercedes Marriott made a charge at Tomp. She shot a second round 75, which fell three strokes short of winning the state title, giving the Highlander freshman her first state title over Marriott. Tomp’s win gave North Eugene their first individual title since Sharon Hadley back in 1980.

The team leaderboard wasn’t as entertaining as the individual one was, as Wilsonville came into Tuesday with a commanding 21 stroke lead over Silverton entering the day. The Wildcats posted a second round 394 stroke total, which even being 22 strokes worse than Monday, was still enough to coast to the 5A title over Silverton with 766 strokes for the tournament. Silverton (797) edged La Salle Prep (803) for runner-up, Corvallis (832) took fourth, and Crook County (833) rounded out the top five teams. For Wilsonville, it is their first state title since 2017 and their second team title overall.

Credit: Wilsonville Girls Golf

Class 6A

To put a bow on the 2022 State Championships, Cleveland’s Kyra Ly tied a state record on Monday with a 65 stroke opening round, blowing open a six stroke lead over Mountainside’s Sofia Fuenmayor entering Tuesday’s action. Ly’s bid to become Cleveland’s first state champion became a reality on Tuesday afternoon, as she shot another 65 in the final round to finish with the best performance in 6A history, winning the individual state title and deliver the Warriors their first individual champion in school history. Helen Brodahl of Ida B. Wells finished runner-up with 146 strokes, Erika Kobayashi of Sunset took third.

In a comeback title run, the Jesuit Crusaders rallied from the first day deficit to Mountainside and won the 6A title with a 649 stroke performance, led by junior Anna Poulin 149 strokes. Mountainside finished runner-up at 663 strokes, West Linn (665), Lake Oswego (680), and Westview (681) rounded out the top five teams at state. For Jesuit, it is their third consecutive title dating back to 2019 and fifth state title in school history.

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