Area golfers to compete at state high school championships

Tri-City HeraldMay 20, 2013 

The weather on the west side of the state has been beautiful the past few days.

That may not be the case today, when a band of rain is expected to hit the coast. If so, it’s going to make things interesting as the state high school golf championships get under way at various sites.

The Mid-Columbia has a number of competitors in the 10 tournaments.

Here is a quick look at each tournament, which runs today and Wednesday:

4A boys state tournament

Richland has a strong 1-2-3 punch in Hunter Thompson, Jeffrey Marcum and Drew McCullough. Marcum placed third at last year’s 4A tournament at Hangman Valley in Spokane.

Eastlake’s Li Wang, who was second last year, also returns.

Camas Meadows Golf Club, Camas, 7:30 a.m.

Today’s tee times — Hunter Thompson, Richland, 7:40 a.m.; Dean Atkinson, Walla Walla, 8:30 a.m.; Jeffrey Marcum, Richland, 8:40 a.m.; Drew McCullough, Richland, 8:50 a.m.; Daniel Hannu, Pasco, 9:40 a.m.

4A girls state tournament

Four of the top five placers from last year’s tournament — including defending state champ Alivia Brown of Bellarmine Prep — are back.

Pasco’s 1-2 punch of Neydeen and Jalayne Martinez tee off 40 minutes apart.

Club Green Meadows, Vancouver, 7:30 a.m.

Today’s tee times — Neydeen Martinez, Pasco, 8:20 a.m.; Jalayne Martinez, Pasco, 9 a.m.; Jessica Huntsman, Walla Walla, 9:10 a.m.; Danika Palm, Richland, 9:10 a.m.; Haylee Hammons, Chiawana, 9:20 a.m.

3A boys state tournament

It’ll be Southridge’s Nick Mandell and the Hanford boys today in Ridgefield.

Mandell, headed to WSU to play golf this fall, finished fourth at state last year at Indian Canyon in Spokane.

But the Falcons will bring five golfers into today’s tournament, led by Tanner Martin.

Defending state champ Frank Garber of Juanita is back.

Tri-Mountain Golf Course, Ridgefield, 7:30 a.m.

Today’s tee times — Nick Mandell, Southridge, 7:30 a.m.; Tanner Martin, Hanford, 7:57 a.m.; Ezra Arneson, Hanford, 8:06 a.m.; Zach Betzhold, Hanford, 8:15 a.m.; Thomas Hannu, Hanford, 9:36 a.m.; Eric Dahl, Hanford, 10:12 a.m.

3A girls state tournament

With four golfers competing, the Hanford girls have a shot at defending their 3A state title they won last year.

Taylor Kain-Godoy and Kelsey Aiello tied for ninth last year at Esmerelda in Spokane.

Now both seniors, Kain-Godoy ran away with the Mid-Columbia Conference 3A district medalist honors last week, while Aiello struggled to an opening-round score of 89 at Horn Rapids befoire bouncing back at Canyon Lakes to qualify for state.

Don’t expect Aiello to struggle again.

Of note, Mt. Spokane’s Sierra Bezdicek, who defeated her sister Savana last year in a one-hole playoff to earn state medalist honors, is in the same foursome as Kain-Godoy this morning.

Lewis River Golf Course, Woodland, 7:30 a.m.

Today’s tee times — Taylor Kain-Godoy, Hanford, 7:30 a.m.; Catherine Warner, Southridge, 7:38 a.m.; Lacy Skwarek, Hanford, 7:46 a.m.; Kelsey Aiello, Hanford, 7:54 a.m.; Allison Kadinger, Kennewick, 8:02 a.m.; Kate Stephens, Hanford, 8:10 a.m.; Carlee Rhodes, Kennewick, 8:26 a.m.

2A boys state tournament

Just two Mid-Columbians, Othello’s Trevor Salsbury and Prosser’s Taylor Gant, get a chance to play on the future U.S. Open course.

It should be exceptionally challenging.

Chambers Bay, University Place, 7:30 a.m.

Today’s tee times — Trevor Salsbury, Othello, 9:42 a.m.; Taylor Gant, Prosser, 9:53 a.m.

2A girls state tournament

Othello has three girls entered today, led by Kylie Kummer.

Last year’s top two placers, Steilacoom’s Cherokee Kim and Fife’s Kendall Gray, are back.

The Classic Golf Club, Spanaway, 9:30 a.m.

Today’s tee times — Kylie Kummer, Othello, 11:06 a.m.; Hayley Guse, Othello, 11:54 a.m.; Ivone Garza, Othello, 12:18 p.m.

1A boys state tournament

Just one Mid-Columbian, Warden’s Conner Haynes, qualified for the tournament.

But last year’s top three placers — Ilwaco’s Ross Kukula, Omak’s Ryder Lewis and Lynden Christian’s Willy Scholten — are back.

Lake Spanaway Golf Course, 7:30 a.m.

Today’s tee time — Conner Haynes, Warden, 10:30 a.m.

1A girls state tournament

No Mid-Columbia golfers qualified for the state 1A tournament at Lake Spanaway Golf Course.

Goldendale’s Bree Wandersheid returns to defend her title she won in 2012 at The Home Course in Dupont.

Elma’s Lauryn Keating, who finished third and 10 strokes behind Wandersheid last year, will be in the same group when the tournament begins today.

Lake Spanaway Golf Course, 11:42 a.m.

Today’s tee times — No Mid-Columbia golfers are entered.

1B/2B boys state tournament

Ryan Baumgart of DeSales returns to Oakbrook, where he won the state title last year with a two-round total of 151.

Liberty Christian’s Jared Hoey, who placed fourth last year, is also back. And DeSales’ Bryce Scott — who was eighth last year — will also be playing.

Oakbrook Golf Course, Lakewood, 9:30 a.m.

Today’s tee times — Ryan Baumgart, DeSales, 9:30 a.m.; Dakota Baker, Waitsburg-Prescott, 9:39 a.m.; Jared Hoey, Liberty Christian, 9:39 a.m.; Jerod Konen, DeSales, 9:39 a.m.; Isaiah Ojeda, Liberty Christian, 9:48 a.m.; Bryce Scott, DeSales, 9:48 a.m.; Scott Kimball, DeSales, 9:57 a.m.; Colby Starring, Lind-Ritzville-Sprague, 10:24 a.m.; Logan Morley, Lind-Ritzville-Sprague, 10:33 a.m.; Trevor Jantz, Lind-Ritzville-Sprague, 10:42 a.m.

1B/2B girls state tournament

DeSales sophomore Emily Baumgart finished second last year at Oakbrook, missing first by 1 stroke against Odessa’s Kira Powell. Powell is gone now, so Baumgart should be the favorite.

Oakbrook Golf Course, Lakewood, 11 a.m.

Today’s tee times — Emily Baumgart, DeSales, 11 a.m.; Kristine Lamping, Lind-Ritzville-Sprague, 11:18 a.m.; Ashton Montgomery, DeSales, 11:18 a.m.; Lauren Carlson, Tri-Cities Prep, 12:12 p.m.; Rachel Armijo, Tri-Cities Prep, 12:21 p.m.

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