Everett junior Kylie Smith performed like a champion when she had to, as did the Ferris Saxons.
On the second hole of the sudden-death playoff with Tumwater’s Mendy Cooper in the WIAA/U.S. Bank State AAA girls golf tournament on Tuesday, Smith put her approach shot on the green.
Smith broke even on the par-3 hole, but Cooper’s putt for par didn’t go down.
“I was very, very nervous going into the playoff,” Smith said. “All I was thinking about was get it up and down on the green and making par,” Smith said.
And that she did.
“There’s so much pressure on you all day,” Smith said. “The sudden-death just increases that pressure.”
In the team category, the pressure wasn’t that much of an issue as Ferris walked away with its first championship with a score of 97. Cascade finished as the runner-up at 75 while Mead finished with a 63.
“I was a little nervous,” Ferris’ Hilary Prugh said. “Cascade is a good team.”
Prugh and teammate Jennifer Hatley also shared individual sixth-place honors with Kelso’s Erin Peck at 163.
Ferris had all four of its team members qualify for the final round, something no other team could accomplish.
“We all did a pretty good job of playing the course and not being concerned with the scores of the players around us,” Ferris’ Julie Jensen said. She finished the tournament with a 189.
“This was a team goal for us from the start of the season,” the Saxons’ Bridget Johnson added.
For their reward, the Saxons quadsquad said they will have head coach Dan Niksich take them to dinner. Last year the Saxons munched on a sixth-place finish.
Of the four, Jensen and Hatley are juniors, Prugh is a sophomore and Johnson is just a freshman. The consensus among many coaches and players is that the Ferris team should repeat its heroics for 1996.
Cooper entered round two with a one-shot lead over Smith. Smith, a junior, was sixth last year and Cooper finished one place behind her.
On the par-73 course, Smith’s twoday total was 77 and 73 for a 150 total while Cooper shot a 76-74 which forced the sudden death.
What hurt Cooper was her drive off the tee box on the 159-yard second hole. She shanked her drive to the right and ended up halfway from the green. From there, Smith just focused on making par.
The other top GSL finisher was Mead’s Britney Holt. She tallied a 158. She shot a 1-over 74 shaving 10 shots off her round on Monday.
“I think I should’ve shot a 71 or 72,” Holt said. “I three-putted the last hole. I’ve putted a lot better in the past.”
MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: Girls results Top finishers of the WIAA/U.S. Bank State AAA girls golf tournament: Kylie Smith, Everett 150 Mendy Cooper, Tumwater 150 Taya Battistella, Richland 154 Britney Holt, Mead 158 Yvonne Ames, Kamiakin 162 Jennifer Hatley, Ferris 163 Hillary Prugh, Ferris 163 Erin Peck, Kelso 163
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