Rivalries disappeared on this sunny day. These golfers were having too much fun.
“Districts and state is where it gets serious. That’s when you’re putting more pressure on yourself than you should,” said Union High School’s Taylor Hartley. “This event is so fun, which is the way it should be. It didn’t matter if Union and Camas were in the same group, or Battle Ground and Prairie. We all enjoyed each other’s company.”
The Chieftain Invitational brought more than 70 golfers from 11 different high schools in Southwest Washington to the Lewis River course Thursday, in Woodland.
Hartley won the tournament with a score of 74. She shot 1-under par on the front nine and the back nine. Camas golfers Elise Filuk, Connie Wang and Hailey Oster secured second, third and fourth place to help the Papermakers beat the Titans for the championship trophy by 11 strokes.
“I’ve played many sports, pretty much everything under the sun, but I’ve never had a better team than this one,” Filuk said. “We’ve bonded so much on the course, and at team dinners afterwards. Every day, we push each other to get better.”
Filuk finished with a round of 78. She also shot 1-under par on the front nine, before tweaking her knee on the back nine. Despite the nagging pain, Filuk jumped for joy after sinking a long birdie putt on the final hole.