Cleveland’s Kyra Lee took the OSAA history books and threw them out the window during the Class 6A state championships at Emerald Valley Golf Club on Mondays and Tuesdays.
After finishing the first day with seven under 65, Lee turned around and did it again. Finishing the second day of competition with seven under-65 players for a total of 130 for the championship and the individual state championship.
Total Ly bound for Oregon is a new state record. The previous record was 11 under par 133 and was set by Gigi Stoll of Beaverton in 2015.
But despite finishing the best tournament in state history, and bringing in Cleveland’s first singles championship (boys or girls), the kind-hearted Lee maintained her composure as if she was still on the grass.
“I don’t feel like she hit me yet,” he told me. “I’m really happy that I played so well.”
Lee State Championships started on fire. She averaged 65 under par on day one, and tied it to a best one-day performance by an OSAA Class 6A golfer in Emerald Valley. The only other contender to reach this level was Eli Elama of South Salem in 2017.
But the days leading up to the state championship weren’t easy for Lee, who was worried about her last high school competition.
“It was tough. The last few days I put a lot of pressure on myself,” he told me. “But once I started and played the training round, I felt so much better. I entered with confidence.”
Helen Brodal of Wales took second place with a score of 146. Erica Kobayashi of Sunset came in third with a score of 147.
This win concluded Ly’s high school career, and she said it was so good to be able to come back after two lost seasons due to COVID-19 and finally win the state championship.
“I’m really happy to be able to be here and play my last tournament as a high school athlete and I’m glad I was able to do some damage.”
In the team sprint, it seems that even a global pandemic couldn’t stop the momentum the Jesuit girls were riding. The Crusaders won state team titles in 2018 and 2019 before the following two seasons were canceled due to COVID-19. On Tuesday, the Jesuit won the tournament again with a time of 469 points.
“We call it a repeat of the epidemic,” said Michael Gray, the Jesuit trainer.
“Especially for our seniors. They played their freshman year and then pretty much missed the meat of their high school career,” Gray said. “Coming back and winning a state title is so beautiful. Both were major contributors today.”
Junior Anna Boleyn was the top performer in the Jesuit, placing fifth with a score of 5 over par 149. Senior Beth Millen ranked 12th overall with a score of 12 over par 156.
The first day on the mountainside ended with 315 strokes, seven strokes ahead of the Jesuit. But the Crusaders weren’t about to let their Metro League rivals spoil their championship.
In her latest Jesuit competition, senior Zoe Park cleaned up her game on Tuesday. After Monday, Park had a score of 94 over 22 points. On the second day, Park lowered that number to 16 above the average of 88. Gray praised Park’s fourth-place play for being such a big part of the Crusaders’ rally on Tuesday.
“I told the girls this morning, ‘You know them. You are as good as them. You can walk properly with them,’” Gray said. “And we just stressed playing to the end. It’s about mental toughness. It’s going to be around those last three or four holes. And it was about the last three or four slots for our girls. I mean, amazing.”
The mountainous side occupied the second place with a score of 663. In the third place occupied West Lane with a score of 665.
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