BLANCHARD, Idaho – Casey Murphy started his round of golf Monday just shortly after it ended.
The Lakeland High junior fired a 1-over-par 72 at Stoneridge Golf Club to finish tied for third in the chase for the State 3A medalist title.
Then after trudging through a nearly 6-hour uneventful round, Murphy won a two-hole playoff with back-to-back birdies to capture third place outright.
“I’m pretty disappointed,” Murphy said. “I wanted to make an impression. I left a lot of strokes out there. I couldn’t get anything going. I’d make a birdie and follow it up with a bogey.”
Danny Heald of Salmon and Kyle West of Weiser fired even-par 71s before a playoff was required to determine the state medalist. Heald won.
Defending boys state champ Weiser set a pace Monday that no team is likely to match today when the final round for the state title is decided. Weiser shot 303, 16 shots better than Payette. Lakeland is fourth at 329 and advances to the final round. . Kellogg (333) also advanced.
Combining with Murphy’s 72 were Shane Stuermer (78), Cody
Asher (89) and Aaron Knight (90).
“None of us really played well,” Murphy said. “Shane came through. Overall we didn’t play as well as we did at district.”
And that starts with Murphy, who fired a 68 a week ago to easily take the district medalist title when the tourney at Stoneridge.
“I didn’t get my round started until the playoff,” Murphy said. “I got greedy and made some stupid mistakes. I threw away a lot of strokes. I didn’t putt well; I didn’t feel comfortable.”
Murphy, a first-team Greater Spokane League selection as a freshman when he attended Gonzaga Prep, transferred to Lakeland as a sophomore. But since he was already living in Rathdrum, the state high school activities association denied a request for eligibility so he had to sit out last year.
He doesn’t like how the state tourney is contested.
“I disagree with the format,” he said. “I think we should play two rounds to decide (medalist). If you have an off day, you don’t have a chance to make up for it.”
Murphy said his focus today will be to shoot as low as he can.
“I want to shoot the score of the tournament,” he said. “I want to throw a 66 up there to prove that I can do a lot better than I played (Monday).”
Brock Bircher led Kellogg with an 81. Teammates John James and John Serrano matched 83s. Daniel Warren led Priest River with a 76.
Weiser’s girls also are running away from the field. The Wolverines shot 360, 20 better than runner-up Shelley. Kellogg is third at 426. Kellogg was led by Sue James’ 98.
Katie Higham of Shelley captured girls medalist honors with a 79.
Defending boys champ Bishop Kelly threatened to run away and hide from the field at Hidden Lakes Country Club near Sandpoint.
Bishop Kelly posted 299 and will take an eight-stroke lead into today’s final round. Moscow is next at 308, followed by Vallivue (317) and Post Falls (318), which is playing in its first state tourney.
Jake Skinner of Bishop Kelly captured the boys medalist title, firing a 2-under 69. David Nuhn of Moscow placed third after a three-way tie for second.
Post Falls was led by a pair of 76s from Nick Cuchessi and Travis Boughton, 77 from Zach Boughton and a 90 by Kyle Doerfler.
The Trojans’ girls didn’t qualify for the second round. Chelsea Pederson led Post Falls with 93.
Defending girls champ Caldwell blew away the field with a 348. Bishop Kelly is a distant second at 392.
Courtney Webb of Hillcrest captured the girls state medalist title with a 4-over 76.
Dave Kilbourne of Wallace finished fourth in the individual championships at Orofino Golf Club, but the Miners weren’t able to stick around for today’s team windup.
Kilbourne, the leading scorer from North Idaho, shot a 79, nine shots behind medalist Jason Lancaster of Wendell.
Wendell, which had two of the top three scorers, takes a 17-stroke margin over McCall, 318-335, into today’s play.
Clark Fork (382) and Orofino (388) also failed to advance.
In the girls tournament, Jesse Lancaster of Wendell won medalist honors with an 81. Homedale leads Glenns Ferry 367-402.
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