May 17, 2022 — The Siuslaw girls golf team was the first team of Viking girl golfers the school has fielded in more than a decade. Simply getting on the course this year has been a huge accomplishment. Their impressive play at district, which was held at Bandon Crossings Golf Course on May 9 and 10, was the icing on the cake of the exciting return of high school girls golf in Florence.
All the more impressive was the team’s improvement of play between day one and day two of the tournament. After a combined score of 728 on day one, the girls made a 78 stroke improvement to score 650 on day two.
“Our girls played their best golf of the year,” said Viking Coach Chuck Johnson. “That type of improvement is awesome and moved us into the top half of the tournament.”
This year, the Vikings compete in 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 3 for golf. St. Mary’s of Medford was the district champion. They, along with second place Marist of Eugene and third place Marshfield of Coos Bay, qualified for the state championships that were held after press deadlines, on May 16 and 17, at the Eagle Crest Resort – Ridge Course in Redmond.
Individual leader for Siuslaw was junior Itziar Carro (134/112-246), who finished 24th out of 65 golfers. Carro is attending Siuslaw High this year as an exchange student from Spain.
Scores for the rest of the Viking team were: senior Hayden Muller (126/124-250), freshman Rhianna Lane (147/128-275) and senior Zoe Alberty (162/146-308). Junior Gabi Jarman competed only on day one and scored a 159. Darcy Edmond played on day two and scored 140.
“Our girls also represented our school and community with class and dignity,” said Johnson. “The entire Florence community should be proud of our girls, as well as our boys.”
Also, after press deadlines, Siuslaw freshman Ryan Klampe represented the Viking boys golf team at the OSAA 4A Boys Golf State Championships at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks on May 16 and 17. Look for coverage in the next edition of the Siuslaw News.