Hanford’s Tanner Martin locked up the MVP for the Mid-Columbia Conference boys by tying Richland’s Drew McCullough at 2-under-par 66 during Monday’s pod match at Tri-City Country Club.
The Bombers finished first in the team race to secure the MCC title.
Richland’s Jeffrey Marcum tied Southridge’s Garrett Neswick for third at 68, but Hunter Thompson and Hunter Ashby finished 70-71 as the Bombers placed all four scorers in the top 10 and won by nine points over Hanford.
Nick Mandell carded a 69 for Southridge as the Suns finished in third place.
On the girls side, the Falcons swept their fifth team title and locked up the championship with one pod match left. Their nine-point lead over Richland is insurmountable with a maxium of eight points available at each match.
The season’s individual title, however, is very much up for grabs with Hanford’s Taylor Kain-Godoy leading teammate Kelsey Aiello by less than a stroke on the average of five meets.
Pasco freshman Jalayne Martinez, who trails cousin Neydeen Martinez by less than half a stroke for third place, won Monday’s round with a 75. She finished two strokes ahead of Aiello, Neydeen Martinez and Hanford’s Kate Stephens. Kain-Godoy and teammate Lacy Skwarek shot 79s, giving the Falcons four of the top six finishers for a 52-stroke victory.
At Tri-City Country Club (par 68)
Boys team scores — Richland 275, Hanford 284, Southridge 290, Walla Walla 311, Kennewick 321, Kamiakin 324, Chiawana 346, Pasco n/a.
Top 3 — Tanner Martin (Han) 66, Drew McCullough (Rich) 66, Jeffrey Marcum (Rich) 68, Garrett Neswick (SR) 68.
Richland—McCullough, Marcum, Hunter Thompson 70, Hunter Ashby 71. Hanford—Martin, Zach Betzsold 70, Eric Dahl 73, Ryan Ray 75. Southridge—Neswick, Nick Mandell 69, Austin Brown 70, Kenny Miller 83. Walla Walla—Nick Atwood 72, Dean Atkinson 75, Nate Towner 80, Troy Aguilar 84. Kennewick—Brady Sanders 77, Roger Alvarado 78, Preston Van Winkle 79, Jenner Beauchamp 87. Kamiakin—Ty Mashaw 79, Colton Powers 80, Shae Gurney 81, Ben Maiden 84. Chiawana—Levi Dronen 78, Tyler Boles 78, Grant Barker 87, Ben Woodward 103. Pasco—Daniel Haug 78, Ryan Rickman 88.
Girls team scores — Hanford 312, Richland 364, Pasco 368, Southridge 369, Chiawana 379, Kamiakin 382, Kennewick 382, Walla Walla 388.
Top 3 — Jalayne Martinez (Pas) 75, Kelsey Aiello (Han) 77, Kate Stephens (Han) 77, Neydeen Martinez (Pas) 77.
Hanford—Aiello, Stephens, Taylor Kain-Godoy 79, Lacy Skwarek 79. Richland—Danika Palm 81, Abbey McMinn 89, Kea Robertson 90, Allison Creager 102. Pasco—J. Martinez, N. Martinez, Kayla Olson 102, Elizabeth Greenaway 114. Southridge—Sydney Meilleur 84, Catherine Warner 85, Tayler Hood 88, Meridth Hibbard 112. Chiawana—Haylee Hammons 91, Meranda Shines 94, Stevie Jean Luke 96, Tiffany Johnson 98. Kamiakin—Mia Johnson 90, Brianna Esvelt 92, Britney Gough 98, Shavon Madder 102. Kennewick—Allison Kadinger 90, Carlee Rhodes 90, Sarah Kohan 96, Ashley Kump 106. Walla Walla—Jessica Huntsman 81, Kendall Dunovant 100, Marisa Jimenez 102, Shanna Postlewait 105.