The girls of Sheldon Irish golf are the 2013 OSAA Class 6A State Champions. Finishing up their performance at Quail Valley Golf Course on Tuesday after a Monday performance that saw them establish a 14-shot advantage over their closest opponent, Sheldon cruised in the second round to finish with a score of 624, 17 shots ahead of runner-up West Linn.
Their win wasn’t because of just one individual, either. It was a team effort, as it had been all season long.
Returning four-of-five players from last year’s team that saw itself finish third in state, the Irish girls put together one of the most impressive seasons in Oregon girls golf history, going undefeated in tournament and match play this year. Solidifying themselves as the favorite to take home this year’s championship after cruising to a 14-stroke lead at the State Tournament Preview, the Irish really burst out of the gates and showed the spectators why they deserved to be champions.
Leading the way for Sheldon was Haleigh Krause, who closed out her junior campaign on an emphatic note. Shooting a 74 on day one to see herself in third, Krause had a final round to remember, shooting a 71 while capping off the Irish performance at the state championship with a 40-foot put for a birdie on 18. She would finish the tournament in third after shooting a combined score of 145. Hannah Swanson of Forest Grove won the individual championship by shooting a 140, just one shot better than Gigi Stoll of Beaverton.
Aside from Kraus’s performance on the course, the Irish also recorded efforts from Abby Brennan, Alexi Bevans, Jenny Krause, and Sam Rouleu. With the championships taking the four-best scores from each round, scores counting towards Sheldon’s team score came from H. Krause, Brennan, Bevans, and J. Krause, while Rouleau became the only Irish player to record a 90 or above in the two-day tournament.
Shooting a 318 as a team in the first round, Brennan carded a 79, Bevans carded an 84, and J. Krause carded an 81 to compliment H. Krause’s round one score of 74.
Sheldon saved their best for the second round, too, as they recorded a 306 that saw Brennan shoot another 79, Bevans card a 78, and Rouleau jump into the picture with a 78. J. Krause sot an 82 in the second round but saw her score omitted from the team score due to the impressive performance by the other Irish golfers.
Of the 10 scores recorded over the two-round championship, six of Sheldon’s scores dipped below the 80-shot mark (74, 71, 79, 79, 78, 78) while just one surpassed the 85-shot mark (90).
As it would stand, Brennan came in 14th with a 158 overall, Bevans finished with a 162 for a 17th place finish, J. Krause saw herself in 18th with a 163, and Sam Rouleau tied for 21st with a 168.
Aside from the accomplishment of taking home a state championship, the Irish also set some new course records at Quail Valley Golf Course. The Irish’s two-round score of 624 bested West Linn’s record of 627 by three shots while their 306 effort on Tuesday was four shots better than Central Catholic’s impressive 310 round in 1989.
This marked the final round for three of the five players on Sheldon’s team, with Brennan, Bevans, and Rouleau set to head off to college next year. Brennan will head to Concordia University to play golf, Bevans will play golf at Belmont University, and Rouleau will join the University of Idaho’s volleyball team.