Ashland’s Ginny Cotton finishes in tie for fifth at tournament play in Eugene

EUGENE — Ashland High School senior golfer Ginny Cotton’s score 86 was good for a fifth-place finish at the 2018 High School Invitational hosted by Sheldon High School at Eugene Country Club on Monday afternoon.
Ashland, as a team, finished with a score of 444.
Tannica Porter, the lone Willamette representative, shot the best individual score of the day with a 75.
Roseburg had three of its four golfers finish in the low- to mid-80s and took home the best team score with a 355. Grants Pass finished in second place with a team score of 381, while host Sheldon finished third with a 394.
Cotton, who shot a 42 on the front nine, tied for fifth with Roseburg’s Avry Hansen.
Suttyn Barats finished with a 109, while Sophia Rooney had a 119. Luna Alvarez (130) and Rylee Schneider (138) rounded out the five-person group for the Grizzlies.
Ashland plays at Stoneridge Golf Course at 11 a.m. next Monday morning.
COLLEGE WRESTLING
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Women’s wrestling will have “Invitational” sport status in the NAIA beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, a decision that was approved unanimously by the NAIA’s National Administrative Council over the weekend at the national convention.
Invitational status officially puts women’s wrestling under NAIA purview — meaning the sport will begin competing and developing the protocols and framework needed for championship status, and a national women’s wrestling invitational will be hosted annually. Once a sport has 40 teams and has completed two years at invitational status, it may apply for championship status.
This year 19 NAIA member institutions sponsored women’s wrestling, more than any other intercollegiate athletics association. That number is anticipated to jump to 25 by 2018-19.
“The NAIA is proud to be the first intercollegiate athletics association to officially recognize women’s wrestling,” NAIA President & CEO Jim Carr said. “This is a great opportunity to empower female student-athletes both athletically and academically. The recent growth of the sport indicates it will have a strong future with our association.”
SOU’s women’s wrestling program has been around for three full seasons, a period in which Cascade Conference institutions Eastern Oregon and Warner Pacific have also added the sport. The teams currently compete in the Women’s College Wrestling Association, which also includes NCAA and National Junior College Athletic Association institutions.
“The NAIA and WCWA will work together to find the best resolution for women’s wrestling,” SOU Director of Wrestling Mike Ritchey said. “We can’t just branch off completely on our own at this point without decimating other women’s wrestling divisions, so we want to lead in this process. It’ll be a transitional period.”

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