West Linn boys and girls golf teams shine at first league meets

Ping! Both boys and girls golf started out the 2012 season with a bang.

The girls team blew every TRL team out of the water at its Oswego Country Club meet on March 19. The team shot a combined 356, with the next closest team being the Lake Oswego with a 425. The Lions placed three girls in the top five. Sarah Archuleta, sophomore, shot a 78 and was the tournament’s individual champion, while Kirsten Elich, sophomore, fired an 84 and Tiffany Lee, sophomore, scored an 87.

“I was really proud of what we did at team’s first meet,” Elich said. “We really hope to keep building on this success and keep up the momentum from last year.”

The boys team, for the first time in the last three years, shooting below a team score of 300, at 298, to finish second in the first Three Rivers League match of the season.

The tournament took place at Rose City Country Club and with the par set at 72, and the team’s Zach Foushee, senior, was the only Lion to shoot below par with a 71. Hayden Coppedge, sophomore, traded in his basketball shoes for a driver and shot a 75.

“Our team is doing pretty well but we still need to improve,” Coppedge said.