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The MHSA Class AA State Golf Tournament scheduled for October 3-4 in Great Falls has been postponed.
Players, coaches and parents jockeyed for position to get a clear look as the last few State 4A boys tournament scores were posted on the wall outside of The Creek at Qualchan pro shop. The numbers didn’t add up for Gonzaga Prep, which came up just short in its bid for a second straight state title.
The Gonzaga Prep boys cruised to the State 4A championship last year, but the change to a team scoring format has created a crowded leader board after the first day of the 2019 tournament.
Central Valley’s Riley Hadley missed a golf practice recently, but he had a cool excuse. He was flying a Piper Cherokee 140-horsepower plane from Spokane to Moses Lake. Hadley caught the piloting bug after flying with a friend’s father last April. By May, he started accumulating the 40 hours required to earn a pilot’s license.
Mead High senior Cami Culp transformed her golf game through countless hours on the course, one example being the four holes she squeezed in before darkness fell Sunday. Her triple-digit scores as a freshman dropped into the 90s, then the 80s, before a major breakthrough late last season.
As the rain started to pour on the 18th hole at Hangman Valley Golf Course on Wednesday, Davenport’s Kaysa Panke was lining up for birdie. Four years of being a Gorilla came down to this.
Sophie Hausmann fired an even-par 72 Monday at the first round of the NCAA Women's Golf Madison Regional in Madison, Wisconsin, and sits in a tie for 18th after the first day of competition at University Ridge Golf Course.
Davenport sophomore Kaysa Panke and junior Palmer Guhlke captured individual titles Wednesday at the 2B/1B state golf tournaments.
State golf roundup: Three Greater Spokane League boys advanced to Wednesday’s State 4A final round at Meadow Springs in Richland. Gonzaga Prep’s Patrick Parelius is tied for 17th after opening with a 76. Central Valley’s Riley Hadley and Isaac Emerson carded 80s (tied for 33rd).
Mt. Spokane, led by four seniors, made history last year by capturing the girls 3A state golf championship, the first state title in any sport for the now 18-year-old school. Several of the names have changed but the young Wildcats are back chasing more history Wednesday-Thursday at Horn Rapids in Richland.
Lewis and Clark’s Sierra Kersten and Mead’s Lydia Kim went back-and-forth during the Greater Spokane League golf season and nothing changed at the district tournament. Kersten built a five-stroke lead over Kim after shooting 70 at Downriver. Kim made a spirited run Thursday at MeadowWood, playing the front side in 1-under and cutting Kersten’s lead to one shot on the back nine.
Mead’s Blake Ellingsen holed out from 50 yards for eagle on the last hole to shoot a 68 at the Fairways on Tuesday and wrap up Greater Spokane League player of the year honors by one stroke over Ferris’ Tanner Comes. Ellingsen birdied No. 8, his 17th hole, and then belted a long drive on the par-4 ninth. He walked over to coach Paul Peters and asked about Comes’ score.
Day one of the Idaho State 5A golf tournament wasn’t easy, and that goes for teams in contention as well as those well down the leaderboard. Rocky Mountain’s boys shot 306 on a windy Monday at Avondale, good for a three-shot lead over five-time defending champion Eagle. Lewiston (314) is in third, Post Falls (328) sits in sixth and Lake City (340) is ninth.
Washington State can’t match teams boasting some of the best amateur golfers in the world at this week’s Pac-12 tournament. But the Cougars have something on their side more valuable perhaps even than Arizona State’s top-ranked Jon Rahm Rodriguez: The Palouse Ridge Golf Club.
WOODLAND, Wash. – Sierra Bezdicek didn’t have the best start to her fourth state golf tournament, but the three-time state runner-up finished strongly to grab a one-stroke lead at the midway point of the girls State 3A golf event. Making her fourth state tournament appearance, the Mt. Spokane senior finished 4 under par on the back nine at Lewis River Golf Course to finish Wednesday’s first round at 1-under 72. She leads Mercer Island freshman Rachel Fujitani by one stroke and junior Sarah Rhee from Ingraham of Seattle by two strokes.
Greater Spokane League individuals and teams are chasing titles and history at state golf tournaments this week in the Vancouver area. The Mt. Spokane girls, led by 2012 champion Sierra Bezdicek, have come close to winning the school’s first state title in any sport. The Wildcats finished second each of the last three years.
Mt. Spokane boys coach Greg Schultz says Tri-Mountain Golf Course, site of the State 3A tournament, is gorgeous. It’s a links-style course north of Vancouver with fescue rough and stunning views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens on clear days.
It was the kind of weather – rainy, windy and cold – that sends most golfers to the clubhouse in search of shelter. It didn’t bother the Kellogg girls team one bit. The Wildcats, behind three-time state champion Kaceelyn Pouttu’s 77 and the best round of Mercades de Young’s life – two days after a visit to the emergency room – built a 54-stroke lead after Monday’s first round of the 3A state tournament at The Highlands in Post Falls.
The Lewis and Clark Tigers put three players high on the leaderboard and pretty much matched scores with two-time defending champion Bellarmine Prep on a blustery Tuesday at the State 4A girls golf tournament. The Lions, however, have a couple of more scoring options, with six qualifiers compared to the Tigers’ four. Still, it shapes up as an interesting chase for the championship entering today’s final round at MeadowWood.
One by one, the Mt. Spokane boys golf team has checked off its list of goals. The Wildcats exceeded their preseason goal of winning two tournaments by claiming five. They won the Greater Spokane League title for the first time in school history. They won the 3A district championship for the fourth straight year.