ASTORIA — Freshman Gabby Bell had a team-best 27 Stableford points, helping Ilwaco to a team score of 90 that was fourth place out of eight teams competing at the Astoria Invitational, held at the Astoria Country Club Monday, April 15.

A high score is good in the Stableford system, which rewards golfers for good holes more than it punishes them for bad ones.

In the girls team’s first 18-hole round of the year, Bell kept her solid day going on a grueling stretch of the back nine.

“On the back nine there’s a stretch of four par fives in a row, which can be mentally challenging,” coach Bob Enos said. Bell excelled on that stretch, part of the reason she led the team in Stableford points.

By regular scoring, Faith Richardson would have had a 116, edging Bell’s 117, with Sunny Kemmer shooting 118 and Maggie Jacobson 119. Richardson and Jacobson each contributed 23 to Ilwaco’s Stableford score, and Kemmer had 18 points.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or aaroncmead@gmail.com.

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