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Benton takes 8th place to lead HRV girls

PORTLAND — Senior Susie Benton led six HRV girls golfers at the 2002 district match, held Monday and Tuesday at Glendoveer Golf Course.

Benton shot 18-hole scores of 92 and 89 to win eighth place in the district and earn a spot on the all-conference second team.

“I was hitting the ball terrible off the tee, but my chipping and putting saved me,” said Benton, who shot well enough the first day to be included in the second group of golfers on day two.

“It was kind of exciting to play among all the top players on the second day,” she said.

Finishing second for HRV, which placed fifth out of nine Mt. Hood Conference teams, was junior Carly Cannell, who shot 99 the first day and 103 the second.

Betheny Rice and Amy Annala also played their best rounds the first day, recording scores of 102 and 105, respectively. But both girls fell off the pace slightly on day two with scores of 110 and 109.

Filling in for the injured Anna Thompson, who had to withdraw mid-way through Monday’s round, Sara Hasegawa recorded the team’s second-best score on day two with a 96.

All told, the Eagles were very consistent and finished with team scores of 398 and 397 (795 total) to finish one stroke ahead of Parkrose for fifth place — the same spot they finished in the dual-meet standings.

“We were just happy to hold our spot,” Benton said. “It’s funny how after almost 800 strokes, we only beat them by one.”

Barlow won the competition going away with a 652. Sandy took second with a 715 and Central Catholic third with a 748.

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