The Hermiston girls’ golf team blew away the field at the Columbia River Conference championship tournament that ended Tuesday and placed three players in the top three spots at Pendleton Country Club.

It is the first conference championship for the girls team in school history, and this year a playoff didn’t deny them a trip to the Class 5A tournament — they punished everyone.

Hermiston shot an 846 for the tournament, well in front of Hood River Valley’s 974. Hood River will also represent the CRC as a team qualifier.

Yvonne Lacoursiere won medalist honors with a two-day score of 194. Laikyn Carnes shot a 208 over 36 holes for second and Janci Spoo carded a 210 for third.

Alexis Pursel, who joined the golf team late in the season, shot a 246 to be the team’s fourth scorer. That score matched a career-best for a 36-hole tournament for Pursel.

Hermiston will now get set for the Class 5A tournament at Creswell’s Emerald Valley Golf Course, a prestine championship course nestled on 170 acres just south of Eugene, May 16-17.

BOYS

The Hermiston boys’ team earned a state spot with a second-place finish at PCC with a score of 702, 53 strokes behind CRC champ Pendleton.

In the big head-to-head matchup of the tournament, Hermiston’s Kurt Simmons gave Pendleton’s Calvin Baty all he could handle, then some more, but Simmons’ final score of 152 was two strokes short of Baty for the league crown.

The Class 5A boys tournament will be May 16-17 at Quail Valley Gof Course outside of Banks. Both the Dawgs and Bucks will represent the CRC in the team competition.

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