CORVALLIS — As Ginny Cotton sunk a three-foot put to wrap up her final round as a high school golfer, her head coach Aidan Jones hoped that it would prove to be enough to ensure a top 10 finish at the OSAA Class 5A girls golf state tournament.
It most certainly was.
Cotton’s Round 2 score of 89 on Tuesday afternoon at Trysting Tree Golf Club proved to be enough for a ninth-place finish at her one and only state tournament appearance, fulfilling her goal of a top 10 finish to close out what has been a memorable senior season.
Cotton, who entered the day in eighth place after shooting an 88 on Monday, shot a combined score of 177 for the tournament and finished as the top individual golfer amongst those whose team did not qualify.
“It’s fantastic to finish my high school athletic career like this,” Cotton said. “Like any round of golf, I’m going to look back and think about where I can improve upon. But I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself, so I really went in to go have a good, positive experience. If the two days ended with a good turnout, which it did, then I’d be happy with it.”
She finished with a 44 on the back nine after starting at hole No. 10, while shooting 45 on the front.
“It’s just a good reminder that if I can keep focusing I can play well,” Cotton said. “I’m happy with how it turned out. I didn’t over-think it. I just went out and played.”
Cotton was able to make three pars after the turn as well.
“Being that this is her first time, neither one of us knew what to expect,” Ashland head coach Aidan Jones said. “Just realizing that she didn’t seem nervous at all was surprising to me. She just seemed totally relaxed.”
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