Caroline Inglis was on the verge of making Oregon golf history.
The Churchill High School senior had just shot final-round 3-under 69 at Trysting Tree Golf Club to capture her fourth consecutive Oregon Scholastic Activities Association Class 5A state title. At 2 under for the tournament, she had won by nine shots.
Unfortunately, Inglis signed for 68. Her playing partner marked her for a par at the last, instead of the lone bogey on the day she actually made.
“I checked it twice. I don’t know how I even missed it,” Inglis said Tuesday evening, according to the Eugene Register-Guard. “I guess I was just caught up in the excitement. I don’t know. I keep replaying it in my head - what I missed, what I did wrong - and I don’t know how I missed it.'
Inglis was disqualified for signing for an incorrect score. Summit High freshman Madison Odiorne was declared champion.
No high school golfer in the region, of either gender, had ever won four consecutive state titles. Inglis first won the state title as a freshman with just two years' experience in the game.
The incident happened 41 years after her father, Bill, signed for an incorrect score to keep his high school team from having a chance at the state's team championship.
“My dad, after every round I play, says, ‘Check your score twice, check your scorecard.’” Inglis said. “One of my friends said, ‘Like father, like daughter.’”
Bill Inglis had been diagnosed last year with leukemia, but improved with treatment. He walked the final few holes with his daughter.
Despite the disqualification, Caroline felt she had triumphed.
“I wanted to win for him, make him proud,' she said. 'And I did. It feels great, and I’m so glad that he could be here to watch, and that he’s healthy.”