If Jalayne Martinez needed some inspiration Monday for the girls Class 4A Mid-Columbia Conference district golf championships at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco, she needed to look no further than her own family tree.
Across the state, her cousin Neydeen Martinez was putting the finishing touches on the NWAC women’s championship in Lakewood. Meanwhile, Jalayne was doing just fine on her own, pulling out to an eight-stroke lead on Day 1 after shooting an even-par 72.
Barring disaster, the Martinez clan will be able to crown two champions this week.
The Richland girls foursome, however, had its eyes on the team title, putting three golfers — Kea Robertson (80), Danika Palm (82) and Macy Robertson (82) — in the top four to stake a 25-stroke advantage over Pasco heading into today.
The girls will finish the tournament at Horn Rapids Golf Course beginning at 1 p.m. today.
MCC 3A:Austin Brown of Southridge took a healthy four-stroke lead in Round 1 of the Class 3A MCC district tournament at Canyon Lakes Golf Course. With two other golfers — Larson Watia (82) and Tyler Brunson (84) — rooted in the top 6, the Suns established themselves as the team to beat when the tournament resumes today at Canyon Lakes.
Kamiakin, however, looms just five strokes back, and with McGwire Hanson (80) and Bolton Dauenhauer (82) lurking in the top five , that lead might not be safe enough.
Andrew Fridley of Kennewick sits in third place after a first-round of 81.
NOTE: No results were received form the 4A boys or 3A girls tournaments.
At Sun Willows Golf Course
Team scores: Richland 340, Pasco 365, Walla Walla 396, Chiawana 465. Leaders: 1, Jalayne Martinez (P) 72; 2, Kea Robertson (R) 80; 3 (tie), Danika Palm (R), Macy Robertson (R) 82; 5 (tie), Kayla Olson (P), Megan Steach (C), Brooke Cramer (WW) 90. Richland: Chloe Shea 96. Walla Walla: Ashley Halazon 96, Kailee Hudson 100, Michaela Morris 110. Pasco: Daisy DeJesus 101, Elizabeth Greenaway 102. Chiawana: Victoria Karmy 117, Kali Saueressig 125, Baylee Easterday 133.
At Canyon Lakes Golf Course, Par 72
Team scores: Southridge 328, Kamiakin 333, Hanford 359, Kennewick 364. Leaders: 1, Austin Brown (S) 76; 2, McGwire Hanson (Kam) 80; 3, Andrew Fridley (Ken) 81; 4, Bolton Dauenhauer (Kam) 82; 5, Larson Watia (S) 82; 6, Tyler Brunson (S) 84. Hanford: Sam Workman 85, Jackson Creer 91, Ryan Ray 92, Jack Inions 92. Kamiakin: Max Massey 85, Dillon Ecclestone 86. Kennewick: Jenner Beauchamp 91, Riley Deathrage 91, Jesse Sandbeck 101. Southridge: Ryan Thomas 86.