Improvement is the key for the Hood River Valley girls golf team in 2003.
And, judging by Monday’s performance at Indian Creek, the Eagle girls are beginning to unlock a few doors.
The Eagles posted a team score of 449 Monday, which was 44 strokes better than their performance at The Dalles Invitational (493) on March 18. Their team-best score put them just 22 strokes behind Pendleton, which shot 427.
The combined 449 score was also 65 strokes better than an April 3 trip to Juniper Golf Course in Redmond, when the Eagles shot a forgettable 514 as a team.
“The team is starting to form a stronger bond,” coach Lynn Mitchell said. “And hopefully, our scores will start to reflect our true golf ability as a team.”
Senior No. 1 Carly Cannell continues to shoot well for the Eagles, posting consistent sub-50 scores for nine holes.
Mitchell expects Cannell to be the team leader throughout the season, but he has also been pleasantly surprised by some of his younger golfers.
Sophomore No. 2 Elizabeth Cobarrubias made a six-stroke improvement on Monday, posting her first sub-50 nine-hole score in the process (official scores not available at press time).
Sophomore Abby Capovilla, who started the season as the Eagles’ No. 5 golfer, has been on a steady upswing the past few weeks, and capped her climb with a 14-stroke improvement on Monday.
Junior Anna Thompson shaved two strokes off her scores Monday, while junior Kristina Cobarrubias stayed about the same.
HRV’s junior varsity team also played nine holes on Monday and was led by sophomore Kelly Durkan’s 61. Emily McCallum shot a 68, Whitney Osborn fired a 76 and Kristi Heinze shot a 79.
Other JV golfers participating Monday were Kaitie Cassidy, Lena Larkin, Danielle Mellow, Jenna Miller and Silvaianna Marquez.
The Eagle girls golf team hosts another match at Indian Creek on April 26, and will also host the Intermountain Conference district meet on May 12-13.