Hanford girls claim 3A golf crown

May 22, 2013 

Through horrible conditions of rain and wind, with standing water on the greens, the Hanford girls golf found a way to defend their Class 3A team title Tuesday at the WIAA state golf championships at Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland.

So did DeSales’ Ryan Baumgart, who repeated as the individual state champion at Oakbrook Golf Course in Lakewood in the 1B/2B boys state tournament.

Everyone fought the elements at various courses in western Washington, and most players found their scores worse than on Tuesday’s opening round.

But that was to be expected.

“The girls thought they played horrible,” said Hanford girls coach Mike Neidhold, who is also the Richland High football coach. “I told them the course is playing 10 stokes harder today. The ball just died when it landed. There was no roll.

“Today was something else,” he continued. “The golf course was playing really tough. It was kind of like a November playoffs game. In the old Lions Den. At night, with wind and rain. I’ve never been in a football game this bad.”

It didn’t stop Hanford’s Taylor Kain-Godoy, whose 82 was seven strokes worse than her opening-day 75 but kept her in third. She finished behind medalist Chloe Bartek of Columbia River, and runnerup Sierra Bezdicek of Mt. Spokane.

“Coming in third to Sierra and Chloe is really good for me,” said Kain-Godoy. “Sierra is really good and this is Chloe’s home course. It was so rainy. It was a constant downpour, and everything was wet.”

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

4A boys
Richland’s Hunter Thompson finished 20th, teammate Jeffrey Marcum placed 30th, while Pasco’s Daniel Haug was 40th.

Brian Humphreys rallied with a 74 to break free from a group of five that held the first-round lead, and he won by two strokes.

Camas Meadows
Team scores
— 1. Eastlake 97; 2. Kentridge 69.5; 3. Skyline 65.5; 11. Richland 30.
1. Brian Humphreys, Camas 70-74—144
2. Li Wang, Eastlake 70-76—146
3. Eddie Abellar, Union 70-79—149
3. Brian Mogg, Skyline 73-76—149
5. Rudy Caparas, Lynnwood 70-80—150
5. Brendan McCauley, Olympia 73-77—150
7. Chris Hatch, Kamiak 76-75—151
8. Tanner Comes, Ferris 75-77—152
8. Spencer Weiss, Eastlake 78-74—152
10. Kyle Cornett, Jackson 73-80—153
10. Ahren Young, Kentridge 75-78—153
20. Hunter Thompson, Richland 77-79—156
30. Jeffrey Marcum, Richland 78-83—161
40. Daniel Haug, Pasco 79-93—172

4A girls
Pasco’s Neydeen Martinez stayed consistent, scoring an 84 to finish with a 167 and place 12th overall.

Walla Walla’s Jessica Huntsman placed 32nd, while Pasco’s Jalayne Martinez was 35th..

Bellarmine Prep’s Olivia Benzin defeated Sierra Kersten of Lewis & Clark on the first playoff hole to earn the state title.

Club Green Meadows
Team scores
— Bellarmine Prep 168; 2. Kentwood 92.5; 3. Eastlake 91.5; 6. Pasco 33.5.
X = won sudden-death playoff
X-1. Olivia Benzin, Bellarmine Prep 78-73—151
1. Sierra Kersten, Lewis & Clark 78-73—151
3. Alivia Brown, Bellarmine Prep 73-80—153
4. Katie Lee, Central Kitsap 76-83—159
5. Alexus Song, Jefferson 80-81—161
6. Stephanie Sewell, Kentridge 76-86—162
7. Ashley Fitzgibbons, Eastlake 79-84—163
7. Hanna Yi, Jefferson 80-83—163
9. Ravae Canas, Kentwood 83-82—165
10. Kelly Hooper, Gonzaga Prep 82-84—166
10. Jamie Midkiff, Eastlake 78-88—166
12. Neydeen Martinez, Pasco 83-84—167
32. Jessica Huntsman, Walla Walla 88-93—181
35. Jalayne Martinez, Pasco 88-96—184

3A boys
Juanita’s Frank Garber repeated as state champion when he beat Interlake’s Patrick Sato on the first playoff hole.

Southridge’s Nick Mandell and Hanford’s Tanner Martin tied for eighth at 153, 10 strokes back of the leaders.

Martin said he didn’t finish well.

“I was looking at third place, and I had a quad on 16 that knocked me out of it,” he said. “It was a 430-yard, par-4 into the wind, and I cut my drive into the weeds.”

Martin said it was bittersweet.

“I was hitting my irons well,” he said. “My one drive messed me up. It was really tough. There was standing water on the greens.”

Martin’s teammates — Thomas Hannu (17th place), Zach Betzsold (22) and Ezra Arneson (28) — finished high enough to help the Falcons finish third as a team.

For Mandell, the eighth-place finish was also bittersweet.

“For how much I struggled the last two days, eighth place is pretty good,” said Mandell. “I struggled off the tee, I struggled with the putter, I dont think I deserved enything better than eighth place. So it’s a happy eighth place.”

Team scores
— 1. Interlake 111.5; 2. O’Dea 87.5; 3. Hanford 84.5.
X = won sudden-death playoff
1. Frank Garber, Juanita 70-73—143
1. Patrick Sato, Interlake 72-71—143
3. Adam Barker, Peninsula 75-73—148
4. Ben Richards, Glacier Peak 71-78—149
5. Sam Warkentin, Bainbridge 72-78—150
6. Andy Liu, Interlake 76-75—151
6. Michael Schaloum, O’Dea 76-75—151
8. Nick Mandell, Southridge 74-79—153
8. Tanner Martin, Hanford 73-80—153
8. Taylor Smith, Mountain View 74-79—153
17. Thomas Hannu, Hanford 78-80—158
22. Zach Betzsold, Hanford 78-81—159
28. Ezra Arneson, Hanford 81-81—162

3A girls
For the second straight day, Kain-Godoy’s short game saved her.

“My irons weren’t up to par, but I had some good putts,” she said.

She took solace in knowing that she — along with teammates Kelsey Aiello (11th place), Lacy Skwarek (15) and Kate Stephens (26) — helped get the Falcons another team title.

“I think our biggest goal was to defend the title as state champions,” said Kain-Godoy. “We battled hard for this one.”

Neidhold agreed.

“Just to win one of them is tough, but two in a row, you count your blessings,” Neidhold said. “This is one to savor. This one was a lot harder to get. I’m just proud of the kids.”

Southridge’s Catherine Warner finished in eighth.

“My putting was working really well,” said Warner, who finished with an 88. “My dad bought me a new putter the day before the tournament. It was working really well. I wasn’t sure about using it, but he said the pros would switch before the tournament.”

Kennewick’s Allison Kadinger finished 23rd.

Lewis River
Team scores
— 1. Hanford 109; 2. Mt. Spokane 68; 3. Enumclaw 57.
1. Chloe Bartek, Columbia River 70-73—143
2. Sierra Bezdicek, Mt. Spokane 71-79—150
3. Taylor Kain-Godoy, Hanford 75-82—157
4. Sarah Rhee, Ingraham 78-81—159
5. Celia Beyke, Decatur 81-81—162
6. Desirae Haselwood, Bonney Lake 78-85—163
7. Tiffany Wilkening, Enumclaw 79-86—165
8. Catherine Warner, Southridge 81-88—169
9. Annie Leete, Oak Harbor 79-91—170
10. Libby Ramsey, Lakeside (Seattle) 83-89—172
11. Kelsey Aiello, Hanford 84-90—174
15. Lacy Skwarek, Hanford 82-95—177
23. Allison Kadinger, Kennewick 92-93—185
26. Kate Stephens, Hanford 89-98—187

2A boys
Ephrata’s Aaron Whalen rallied for a second-round 69 to beat first-day leader Brady Calkins of Chehalis’ W.F. West by five strokes at Chambers Bay.

Chambers Bay
Team scores
— 1. Hockinson 119; 2. W.F. West 88; 3. Clarkston 68.5.
1. Aaron Whalen, Ephrata 71-69—140
2. Brady Calkins, WF West 70-75—145
3. Joe Harvie, Orting 74-75—149
4. Joe Baldeck, Clarkston 73-78—151
5. Andrew Raab, East Valley-Yakima 74-78—152
6. Nick Huff, Hockinson 77-76—153
7. Diego DeLaTorre, Hockinson 77-79—156
7. Taylor Paul, Bellingham 81-75—156
9. Beau Scott, Washougal 78-79—157
10. Michael Baldeck, Clarkston 80-78—158
10. Matt Marrese, Sammamish 78-80—158

2A girls
Steilacoom’s Cherokee Kim ran away with the tournament title, shooting a 79 on the final day. Othello’s Kylie Kummer placed 23rd.

The Classic, Spanaway
Team scores
— 1. Bellingham 144.5; 2. Fife 66.5; 3. Lake Washington 58.5.
1. Cherokee Kim, Steilacoom 77-79—156
2. Kendall Gray, Fife 79-83—162
3. Brooke Branigan, Bellingham 84-82—166
4. Jenn Paul, Bellingham 82-87—169
5. Kesley Whiles, Hockinson 85-85—170
6. Audrey Orem, Bellingham 80-95—175
7. Megan Schulz, Mark Morris 90-86—176
8. Sally Fletcher, Klahowya 88-90—178
9. Anna Jessen, Lake Washington 91-88—179
9. Madi McNeely, Bellingham 85-94—179
23. Kylie Kummer, Othello 100-102—202

1A boys
Defending champ Ross Kukula of Ilwaco repeated, winning by eight strokes over Blaine’s Ryan Wallen.

Lake Spanaway
Team scores
— 1. Ilwaco 132.5; 2. Lynden Christian 98; 3. Blaine 77.
1. Ross Kukula, Ilwaco 71-68—139
2. Ryan Wallen, Blaine 73-74—147
3. Luke Doss, Seattle Christian 74-76—150
4. Willy Scholten, Lynden Christian 82-70—152
4. Clark Wilson, Ilwaco 75-77—152
6. Nick Friend, Life Christian 75-78—153
7. Ryder Lewis, Omak 76-78—154
8. Devan Boucher, Blaine 77-78—155
8. Tanner Huddleston, Woodland 76-79—155
8. Kevin Miller, Chimacum 75-80—155

1A girls
Goldendale’s Bree Wanderscheid fired a 71 in wet conditions to win the state title, beating first-day leader Madisen Bentley of Life Christian by six strokes.

Lake Spanaway
Team scores
— 1. Woodland 14.
1. Bree Wanderscheid, Goldendale 74-71—145
2. Madisen Bentley, Life Christian 71-80—151
3. Lauryn Keating, Elma 76-80—156
4. Hannah Roh, King’s 79-86—165
5. Chloe Read, Cascade Christian 87-81—168
5. Kaelyn Walker, Montesano 82-86—168
7. Sam Cooper, Chelan 88-84—172
8. Kendra Meeker, Friday Harbor 87-87—174
9. Sesca Jouwsma, Woodland 87-88—175
9. Lucy Mitchum, Highland 87-88—175

1B/2B boys
Baumgart was never threatened for the title, as he won by 14 strokes.

“I played really well,” he said. “I was 3-under after 12 holes. It was probably two of the best days of golf I’ve had in a long time.

“It was awesome,” he continued. “I knew I had the lead, but I still wanted to play well and beat the course.”

Liberty Christian’s Isaiah Ojeda fired a 75 on Tuesday to vault into second place.

“It came down to chipping and putting,” said Ojeda. “I chipped really well. And I hit 11 out of 14 fairways today.”

DeSales’ Jerod Konen finished third, while Liberty Christian’s Jared Hoey tied for fourth, giving District 9 the top four places in the tournament.

“Our league was really competitive all year,” said Ojeda. “There is more of a sense of competition. It’s more fun to compete.”

Baumgart, Konen, Bryce Scott, and Scott Kimball combined to give DeSales the state team title.

Team scores
— 1. DeSales 59.5; 2. Liberty Christian 42; 3. La Conner 22.5.
1. Ryan Baumgart, DeSales 72-71—143
2. Isaiah Ojeda, Liberty Christian 82-75—157
3. Jerod Konen, DeSales 78-80—158
4. Jared Hoey, Liberty Christian 82-83—165
4. Hunter Weitze, Colfax 84-81—165
6. Ricky Olson, Bear Creek 82-84—166
7. Jon Eaton, Asotin 87-80—167
8. Brendan McLeod, LaConner86-83—169
9. Palmer Guhlke, Davenport 88-82—170
9. Ben Reidy, Cedar Park Christian 84-86—170
11. Dakota Baker, Waitsburg-Prescott 85-88—173
13. Bryce Scott, DeSales 89-86—175
19. Scott Kimball, DeSales 92-97—189
20. Trevor Jantz, Lind-Ritzville-Sprague 93-98—191

1B/2B girls
St. John-Endicott’s Michal Schuster finished in first, beating DeSales’ Emily Baumgart by seven strokes.

It was the second consecutive second-place finish by Baumgart, who is Ryan’s younger sister.

“It was OK the first day, but the second day was miserable,” said the DeSales freshman, who fired back-to-back 92s. “I should have played better. The course is tough. It’s really narrow and long.”

Team scores
— 1. Bear Creek School 36.5; 2. St. John-Endicott 35; 3. Lopez Island 22, Wilbur-Creston 22.
1. Michal Schuster, St. John-Endicott 86-91—177
2. Emily Baumgart, DeSales 92-92—184
3. Morgan Cadigan, Bear Creek 91-97—188
4. Paige Mackleit, Colfax 96-97—193
5. Teresa Myers, Pomeroy 100-95—195
6. Kim Conway, Wilbur-Creston 94-103—197
7. Sadie Garner, NW Christian-Colbert 100-99—199
8. Kiersten Sprick, Bear Creek 92-110—202
9. Marne Cook, Lopez Island 98-108—206
9. Hillary Edwards, La Conner 103-103—206
9. Sarah Reeve, Lopez Island 105-101—206
20. Kristine Lamping, Lind-Ritzville-Sprague 107-120—227

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