Shayla Berrey never had a strong desire to play golf.
That is until she started watching her older brother, Alec, play for Crescent Valley High.
Shayla watched as Alec steadily improved, and was inspired.
So when golf season came around her freshman year, she went out for the Raiders’ team.
On Tuesday, Berrey wrapped up a stellar four-year career with a tie for second place at the OSAA 5A state girls golf tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Club.
Berrey started the two-day, 36-hole tournament with a personal-best 2-over 74 on Monday and followed that up with a 3-over 75 on Tuesday to finish with a 149. She tied Summit’s Sophie Dalfonsi.
Coincidentally, her older brother also finished second at state as a senior in 2016, also at Trysting Tree.
Berrey was fourth at state last season, 24th her sophomore year and tied for 36th as a freshman.
This year, Berrey had a bit of a home-course advantage and said it helped this week.
“I was really happy that I got to play at Trysting Tree my senior year. I had a lot of friends come out and watch,” she said. “I definitely have gotten to know the course pretty well so I think I had an advantage in that way where I kind of knew how the greens broke, generally, and where to hit it in a good spot.”
Summit junior Olivia Loberg, the leader after the first round with a 69, had a two-over 74 on Tuesday but still took home medalist honors with a 1-under 143. Loberg tied for medalist honors last season and was fourth her freshman season.
“She was just phenomenal so it definitely pushed me to try to play better and make a lot of those putts and to play more aggressively,” Berrey said of Loberg. “When you play with someone who is better than you, it really pushes you to want to be at their level.”
Bend won its first team title since 2008 with a 342-356—698 while Summit was second with a 360-350—710. Crescent Valley (377-376) and Crater (381-363) tied for third at 744. Pendleton was fifth (386-389—775) followed by Woodburn (394-386—780), Wilsonville (415-416—831) and La Salle Prep (469-427—896).
Menzie Still, who was the Raiders’ No. 4 player coming in, shot a 98-92—190 to tie for 20th overall. Still played softball last year as a freshman.
Sydney Berrey, Shayla’s younger sister, battled a left wrist injury to shoot a 105-96—201 to place 26th while Sarah Bombeck had a 100-104—204 for a tie for 29th. Lillian Wu had a 122-121-243 to tie for 44th.
“They worked really hard and I think third is just about right,” CV coach Genna Mettler said. “Bend and Summit, they've got it going on over there. I’m pretty stoked about how we ended up.”
Berrey, who was in the high 70s/low 80s at the start of the season, said her goal coming into the state tournament was to shoot in the mid-70s.
She said she was able to make most of her birdie and par putts and hit nearly every green in regulation. That led to two rounds with nothing worse than a bogey.
“I had some really good saves,” Berrey said.
Added Mettler: “If you can eliminate any doubles, that’s awesome. I think the only thing she was struggling with was she had a couple three-putts but she’s got the long game, her chipping is good and she was hitting almost every green in regulation. That’s really cool to see.”
Berrey was the only senior on the team with four sophomores that competed at state, including her younger sister Sydney.
The older Berrey said it was a fun experience being the only upperclassman.
“I definitely feel like we have a good relationship, especially with the team,” she said. “I had a lot of friends leave last year but it was really fun to be able to go out with the girls. They have so much potential so I know they’ll do really well after I leave.”
Berrey hopes to continue to improve her game over the summer and may consider the possibility of trying to walk on at Oregon State; she’s already planning to attend the university.
“I love to see her have that passion,” Mettler said. “Hopefully she will follow through because I think she can hang with them if she wants.”
While Berrey will not be back, Mettler is excited for the players returning.
“I’m just glad the sophomores got to see state,” Mettler said. “I think it’s a great experience for the young ones. … I think they all had fun. I think they all came out excited and wanting to come back next year so I hope I did my part.”