Golf: Hanford's Martin, Kain-Godoy in hunt for state titles

May 21, 2013 

For the most part, Mid-Columbia golfers handled the rainy, windy weather during the first round of the WIAA state high school golf tournaments on Tuesday.

Guys like Tanner Martin of Hanford and Nick Mandell of Southridge put together solid rounds at Tri-Mountain in Ridgefield.

“My putter was a big saver today,” said Martin, who fired a 73 and sits in fifth place, three strokes back of Frank Garber of Juanita.

“I really tried to guide it. I had 26 putts, and I usually average around 30 or 31.”

Mandell was one stroke behind Martin.

“I feel I gave a lot of shots away at the beginning,” Mandell said. “I shot a 40 on the front nine, then 34 on the back. Hopefully (today) I execute better.”

Hanford’s Taylor Kain-Godoy also had a great start at Lewis River in Woodland.

She had a 75 and sits in third, five strokes back of leader Chloe Bartek of Columbia River.

“My short game worked really well today,” Kain-Godoy said. “I only three-putted once, and that was on 18. My wedges definitely worked well on the short game.”

And then there was DeSales’ Ryan Baumgart, who fired a 72 to lead the 1B/2B boys tournament at Oakbrook, where he won the title last year as a junior.

“You still treat it like any tournament you play in,” said Baumgart, who will play collegiately next year at St. Martin’s. “I hit the ball really well today, and Oakbrook is really tight.”

The weather report for today’s round doesn’t look too good, with more rain and wind expected.

“We started the season with coats and rain gear,” said Hanford girls coach Mike Neidhold. “We might as well finish it with the same.”

Here is a round-by-round report of all 10 tournaments:

4A boys

Richland’s Hunter Thompson (77) and Jeffrey Marcum (78) made the cut, as did Pasco’s Daniel Haug (79).

Five players are tied for the first-round lead, with 70s.

Camas Meadows

1. Eddie Abellar, Union 70

1. Rudy Caparas, Lynnwood 70

1. Greg Gildea, Bellarmine Prep 70

1. Brian Humphreys, Camas 70

1. Li Wang, Eastlake 70

6. Ben DuBois, Kentridge 72

7. Kyle Cornett, Jackson 73

7. Brendan McCauley, Olympia 73

7. Brian Mogg, Skyline 73

7. Vinnie Murphy, Puyallup 73

7. Connor Sims, Kentwood 73

Also

21. Hunter Thompson, Richland 77

26. Jeffrey Marcum, Richland 78

30. Daniel Haug, Pasco 79

Did not make the cut

Drew McCullough, Richland 81

Dean Atkinson, Walla Walla 83

4A girls

Pasco’s Neydeen and Jalayne Martinez both made the cut, shooting 83 and 88, respectively. Walla Walla’s Jessica Huntsman also qualified for the second round with an 88.

Bellarmine Prep’s Alivia Brown holds a three-stroke lead on the field.

Club Green Meadows

1. Alivia Brown, Bellarmine Prep 73

2. Katie Lee, Central Kitsap 76

2. Stephanie Sewell, Kentridge 76

4. Olivia Benzin, Bellarmine Prep 78

4. Sierra Kersten, Lewis & Clark 78

4. Jamie Midkiff, Eastlake 78

7. Ashley Fitzgibbons, Eastlake 79

7. Reilly Whitlock, Union 79

9. Alexus Song, Jefferson 80

9. Hanna Yi, Jefferson 80

Also

14. Neydeen Martinez, Pasco 83

27. Jessica Huntsman, Walla Walla 88

27. Jalayne Martinez, Pasco 88

Did not make the cut

Danika Palm, Richland 95

Haylee Hammons, Chiawana 97

3A boys

Garber leads, but there are nine other golfers with 5 strokes of him. That includes Martin at 73.

“Three strokes is nothing when it comes to the state tournament,” said Martin. Martin’s teammates — Zach Betzsold, Thommas Hannu and Ezra Arneson — also made the cut.

Tri-Mountain

1. Frank Garber, Juanita 70

2. Ben Richards, Glacier Peak 71

3. Patrick Sato, Interlake 72

3. Sam Warkentin, Bainbridge 72

5. Conner Denessen, Glacier Peak 73

5. Trent Jones, Shorecrest 73

5. Tanner Martin, Hanford 73

8. Nick Mandell, Southridge 74

8. Taylor Smith, Mountain View 74

10. Radleigh Ang, Bellevue 75

10. Adam Barker, Peninsula 75

10. Zach Spencer, Mt. Spokane 75

Also

19. Zach Betzsold, Hanford 78

19. Thomas Hannu, Hanford 78

36. Ezra Arneson, Hanford 81

Did not make the cut

Eric Dahl, Hanford 84

3A girls

Columbia River’s Chloe Bartek leads with a 70, followed by last year’s state champ, Mt. Spokane’s Sierra Bezdicek, at 71.

Then there’s Kain-Godoy in third at 75.

“I think we all look back on the round and look where we could have made a stroke up here or there,” she said. “I know I had a bad finish. I was 2-under and I double-bogeyed 17 and 18.”

Southridge’s Catherine Warner sits in eighth at 81, while Kain-Godoy’s teammates Lacy Skwarek (82), Kelsey Aiello (84) and Kate Stephens (89) also made the cut.

So did Kennewick’s Allison Kadinger with a 92.

Lewis River

1. Chloe Bartek, Columbia River 70

2. Sierra Bezdicek, Mt. Spokane 71

3. Taylor Kain-Godoy, Hanford 75

4. Desirae Haselwood, Bonney Lake 78

4. Sarah Rhee, Ingraham 78

6. Annie Leete, Oak Harbor 79

6. Tiffany Wilkening, Enumclaw 79

8. Celia Beyke, Decatur 81

8. Catherine Warner, Southridge 81

10. Lacy Skwarek, Hanford 82

Also

12. Kelsey Aiello, Hanford 84

19. Kate Stephens, Hanford 89

28. Allison Kadinger, Kennewick 92

Did not make the cut

Carlee Rhodes, Kennewick 106

2A boys

Brady Calkins of Chehalis’ W.F. West has a 1-stroke lead over Ephrata’s Aaron Whalen at Chambers Bay.

Calkins fired a 70.

Chambers Bay

1. Brady Calkins, WF West 70

2. Aaron Whalen, Ephrata 71

3. Joe Baldeck, Clarkston 73

4. Joe Harvie, Orting 74

4. Andrew Raab, East Valley-Yakima 74

6. Diego DeLaTorre, Hockinson 77

6. Nick Huff, Hockinson 77

8. Joseph Barnes, Port Angeles 78

8. Matt Marrese, Sammamish 78

8. Beau Scott, Washougal 78

Did not make the cut

Trevor Salsbury, Othello 88

Taylor Gant, Prosser 91

2A girls

Othello’s Kylie Kummer made the cut with a 100.

Steilacoom’s Cherokee Kim shot a 77 and leads by two strokes.

The Classic, Spanaway

1. Cherokee Kim, Steilacoom 77

2. Kendall Gray, Fife 79

3. Audrey Orem, Bellingham 80

4. Jenn Paul, Bellingham 82

5. Brooke Branigan, Bellingham 84

6. Madi McNeely, Bellingham 85

6. Kesley Whiles, Hockinson 85

8. Kayla Monroe, Tumwater 86

9. Sally Fletcher, Klahowya 88

10. Emily Ming, Lynden 89

Also

29. Kylie Kummer, Othello 100

Did not make the cut

Ivone Garza, Othello 121

Hayley Guse, Othello 123

1A boys

Defending champ Ross Kukula of Ilwaco holds a 2-stroke lead over Blaine’s Ryan Wallen.

Lake Spanaway

1. Ross Kukula, Ilwaco 71

2. Ryan Wallen, Blaine 73

3. Luke Doss, Seattle Christian 74

4. Nick Friend, Life Christian 75

4. Kevin Miller, Chimacum 75

4. Clark Wilson, Ilwaco 75

7. Ian Gourley, Bush 76

7. Tanner Huddleston, Woodland 76

7. Ryder Lewis, Omak 76

7. JackRyan O’Neill, King’s 76

7. Beau Wangler, La Salle 76

Did not make the cut

Conner Haynes, Warden 88

1A girls

Life Christian’s Madisen Bentley leads the field by three strokes after firing a 71.

Lake Spanaway

1. Madisen Bentley, Life Christian 71

2. Bree Wanderscheid, Goldendale 74

3. Lauryn Keating, Elma 76

4. Hannah Roh, King’s 79

5. Kaelyn Walker, Montesano 82

6. Laura Wilson, Mount Baker 86

7. Sesca Jouwsma, Woodland 87

7. Kendra Meeker, Friday Harbor 87

7. Lucy Mitchum, Highland 87

7. Chloe Read, Cascade Christian 87

1B/2B boys

Baumgart holding the first-round lead by six strokes comes as no surprise. But what is pleasant is that his teammate, Jerod Konen, is in second with a 78.

And Liberty Christian teammates Jared Hoey and Isaiah Ojeda are tied for third at 82.

“Our league is really good,” said Baumgart. “We’ll play at Columbia Point, and if someone shoots a 78, that’s like 10th place in our league. That’s super good for our classification.”

Oakbrook

1. Ryan Baumgart, DeSales 72

2. Jerod Konen, DeSales 78

3. Jared Hoey, Liberty Christian 82

3. Isaiah Ojeda, Liberty Christian 82

3. Ricky Olson, Bear Creek 82

6. Ben Reidy, Cedar Park Christian 84

6. Jake Silva, La Conner 84

6. Hunter Weitze, Colfax 84

9. Dakota Baker, Waitsburg-Prescott 85

9. Bryson Coleman, Wahkiakim 85

Also

16. Bryce Scott, DeSales 89

19. Scott Kimball, DeSales 92

20. Trevor Jantz, Lind-Ritzville-Sprague 93

Did not make the cut

Logan Morley, Lind-Ritzville-Sprague 94

Colby Starring, Lind-Ritzville-Sprague 95

1B/2B girls

St. John-Endicott’s Michal Schuster leads with an 86, five strokes better than the next golfer.

DeSales’ Emily Baumgart, Ryan’s little sister, sits in third with a 92. She placed second last year at state as an eighth grader.

Oakbrook

1. Michal Schuster, St. John-Endicott 86

2. Morgan Cadigan, Bear Creek 91

3. Emily Baumgart, DeSales 92

3. Kiersten Sprick, Bear Creek 92

5. Kim Conway, Wilbur-Creston 94

6. Paige Mackleit, Colfax 96

7. Marne Cook, Lopez Island 98

8. Becca Butler, Grace Academy 99

9. Sadie Garner, NW Christian-Colbert 100

9. Teresa Myers, Pomeroy 100

Also

17. Kristine Lamping, Lind-Ritzville-Sprague 107

Did not make the cut

Lauren Carlson, Tri-Cities Prep 111

Ashton Montgomery, DeSales 112

Rachel Armijo, Tri-Cities Prep 116

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