BEND - Although Umatilla County's Class 5A golf teams struggled at the Intermountain Conference Girls Championships Monday, they had a bright spot in Pendleton's McKennon Cimmiyotti.
After the first of the two-day tournament at the Bend Country Club, Cimmiyotti's 75 is just one stroke behind leader Tiffany Schoning of Summit. However, Hermiston (435) and Pendleton (438) are a distant sixth and seventh in team standings to Summit (318), which leads Crook County by 43 strokes.
"This is one of the toughest courses we've played on this season," Cimmiyotti said. "It's notorious for different greens. You never know what you're going to get with this course."
While some golfers aren't having an easy time at Bend, Cimmiyotti seems to be in control of her game.
"I think (Monday), it felt like everything was clicking," she said. "There's not one area of my game I was upset with. To try to stay where I am, I have to play my own game."
Second is where Cimmiyotti finished a year ago to now-Bend graduate Natalie Weber.
The third- and fourth-place golfers, Molly Black (80) and Sarah Gehrke (81), helped the Storm set the pace Monday. Tasha Harrell leads Hermiston with a 98. Players who are among the top five and?or are on the top two teams after today go the Class 5A tournament, May 14-15 at Trysting Tree in Corvallis.
Heather Ternes and Sarah Bartley carded a 106 and a 110 for Hermiston. For Pendleton, Sierra James turned in a 100 and Meggan Bell fired a 120.
Team scores - 1, Summit 318; 2, Crook County 361; 3, Bend 364; 4, The Dalles-Wahtonka 411; 5, Mountain View 419; 6, Hermiston 435; 7, Pendleton 438
Individual scores - 1, Tiffany Schoning, Summit, 74; 2, McKennon Cimmiyotti, Pendleton, 75; 3, Molly Black, Summit, 80; 4, Sarah Gehrke, Summit, 81; 5, Nadia Telles, The Dalles-Wahtonka, 82
Hermiston scores - Tasha Harrell 98, Heather Ternes 106, Sarah Bartley 110, Kari Barton 121, Tara Ludwig 128
Pendleton scores - Cimmiyotti 75, Sierra James 100, Meggan Bell 120, Rachel Miltenberger 143