Hanford girls golf finishes perfect regular season

By the Tri-City HeraldMay 6, 2013 

Golfer Danika Palm

Richland's Danika Palm watches Monday as her putt for birdie rims out and away from the cup on the fourth hole at Columbia Point Golf Course.

BOB BRAWDY

The Hanford girls golf team sure knows how to finish the regular season.

Kelsey Aiello, Taylor Kain-Godoy and Lacy Skwarek finished in a tie for medalist honors at the final Mid-Columbia Conference girls pod match Monday at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland, with each shooting 3-over 75 as the Falcons completed their season sweep of the six MCC pod matches.

Hanford outshot Richland by 50 strokes, as its fourth-best golfer on the day — Kate Stephens — still finished in the top 5 with a 78. Kain-Godoy earned the MCC individual championship, averaging 78.5 strokes over the six pods. She was followed by Falcons teammates Kelsey Aiello at 79.0 and Skwarek at 80.5.

Pasco’s Neydeen Martinez, who shot a 79 on the day, topped the 4A individual golfers with an 80.8 season average. She finished fourth overall in the MCC.

At Columbia Point (par 72)

Team scores—Hanford 303, Richland 353, Pasco 365, Chiawana 372, Kennewick 372, Walla Walla 375, Southridge 380, Kamiakin 399.
Top 5—1 (tie), Kelsey Aiello (Han), Lacy Skwarek (Han), Taylor Kain-Godoy (Han) 75; 4, Jessica Huntsman (WW) 77; 5, Kate Stephens (Han) 78. Kennewick—Carlee Rhodes 83, Allison Kadinger 87, Sarah Kohan 96, Janey Valerio 106. Walla Walla—Kendall Dunovant 95, Marisa Jimenez 101, Shanna Postlewait 102. Richland—Abbey McMinn 85, Kea Robertson 91, Chloe Shea 98, Bella Martinez 104. Kamiakin—Shavon Madder 104, Britney Gough 105, Brianna Esvelt 107, Gabi Benson 109. Chiawana—Haylee Hammons 84, Tiffany Johnson 88, Megan Steach 99, Aliyah Trevino 101. Southridge—Catherine Warner 80, Tayler Hood 94, Meredth Hibbard 102, Sydney Meillur 104. Pasco—Neydeen Martinez 79, Jalayne Martinez 81, Kayla Olson 101, Alexis Jimenez 104.

INland Empire: Drew McCullough of Richland carded a 1-under 71 to win the Inland Empire tournament at Spokane Country Club.

The Richland junior led three teammates — Hunter Thompson (79), Jeffrey Marcum (82) and Andrew Hattori (84) — in the top 25 as the Bombers finished second in the team race to Coeur d’Alene’s “A” team, which shot a 307 after three of its players tied for second with a 75.

Hanford finished third thanks to four strong rounds from Ezra Arneson (78), Tanner Martin (79), Eric Dahl (81) and Zach Betzsold (81).

Kamiakin’s Pierce McDonald also posted a top 25 finish with an 83.

At Spokane Country Club (par 72)

Team scores—Coeur d’Alene “A” 307, Richland 316, Hanford 319, Mt. Spokane 319, Ferris 330, Walla Walla 337, Southridge 340, Clarkston 341, Moses Lake 343, Kamiakin 344, Gonzaga 355, Lewis & Clark 358, University 362, Coeur d’Alene “B” 365, Kennewick 366, Mead 369, Central Valley 372, Wenatchee 374, Deer Park 381, North Central 383.
Top 10—1, Drew McCullough (Rich) 71; 2 (tie), John Duffin (CdA), Kyle Kaufman (CdA), Chase Lincoln (CdA) Tanner Comes (Fer), Eric Ansett (Fer), Zach Spencer (MtS) 75; 8 (tie), Nick Thurston (MtS), Garrett Neswick (South) 77; 10 (tie), Ezra Arneson (Han), Nick Mandell (South) 78. Richland—Hunter Thompson 79, Jeffrey Marcum 82, Andrew Hattori 84. Hanford—Tanner Martin 79, Eric Dahl 81, Zach Betzsold 81. Walla Walla—Dean Atkinson 82, Nick Atwood 84, Nate Towner 85, Konor Clark 86. Southridge—Austin Brown 90, Kenny Miller 95, Ryan Thomas 95. Kamiakin—Pierce McDonald 83, Shae Gurney 85, Ty Mashaw 86, Colton Powers 90. Kennewick—Roger Alvarao 87, Jenner Beauchamp 88, Brady Sanders 96, Cedric Hines 99.

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