All of the days practicing on the golf course, of the endless swings on the driving range, and of the numerous putts and chips around the practice greens.
It all comes down to today for Mid-Columbia high school golfers in the 4A and 3A ranks, as district tournaments will determine who qualifies for the state tournaments May 22-23.
Here’s a quick look at the four district tournaments being played today and what’s on the line:
Class 3A boys
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The district tournament consists of two 18-hole rounds at Canyon Lakes Golf Course, with the rounds starting at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The top 10 placers qualify for the state 3A tournament next week at Indian Canyon in Spokane.
The Hanford boys swept all five pods this season and are led by Tanner Martin, who won one of the pods.
Perhaps the favorite for medalist today is Southridge’s Nick Mandell, who won two pods and shared medalist honors in another one. Canyon Lakes is also Mandell’s home course, and his father Matt is the head pro there.
Others to watch will be Southridge’s Nick Atkin and Daniel Cruzen; Hanford’s Zach Betzsold and Eric Dahl; and Pasco’s Samson Martinez and Daniel Haug.
Class 3A girls
The district tournament is one round of 18 holes, beginning at noon at Horn Rapids Golf Course in Richland.
The top 10 placers will advance to the state 3A tournament next week at Esmeralda in Spokane.
Many of those spots should go to the Hanford girls, who swept through all six pods with team victories.
The Falcons are led by the 1-2 punch of Kelsey Aiello and Taylor Kain-Godoy, both juniors. Each won medalist honors twice, and they shared medalist honors in another pod. Kain-Godoy shared another title with Southridge’s Catherine Warner.
Aiello averaged 81.3 strokes a round — the best in the CBBN 3A — while Kain-Godoy was second at 82.0.Another player to watch will be Pasco’s Neydeen Martinez, who averaged 83.2 strokes a round.
Class 4A boys
The district tournament consists of two 18-hole rounds in Walla Walla. The first round starts at 7:30 a.m. at Walla Walla Country Club, while the second round moves to Wine Valley Golf Club at 1:30 p.m.
The top nine placers qualify for the state 4A tournament next week at Hangman Valley in Spokane.
Richland swept through all five pods this season.
The Bombers are led by Jeffrey Marcum, the CBBN 4A boys player of the year who won two of the pods and shared medalist honors in two others.
His teammate, Hunter Thompson, won another pod and shared medalist honors in another. A third Bomber, Drew McCullough, shared medalist honors in two pods.
Throw in Cole Lorenzo and Jack Eiden — also named to the CBBN 4A first team all-conference squad with the above-mentioned teammates — and the Bombers are loaded for the postseason.
Moses Lake’s Brenden Cox also took a share of a pod victory.
Class 4A girls
The district tournament is one round of 18 holes, beginning at 11 a.m. at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland.
The top nine placers will advance to the state 4A tournament next week at MeadowWood in Spokane.
Richland won the team title this season in the CBBN, and the Bombers have four players who average in the 80s or better.
The top golfer by far is Richland senior Kristin Strankman, who averaged 75.0 strokes a round and was medalist in four of the league’s six pod matches.
Walla Walla sophomore Jessica Huntsman won a pod and was second in scoring average at 79.7, and Wenatchee’s Jordan Takasugi tied Strankman for medalist in another pod.