TUMWATER — Hoquiam freshman John Sand stands second at the halfway point of the District IV Class 1A Boys Tournament on Monday at Tumwater Valley Golf Course.
With a two-over-par 74, Sand trails leader Ryan Sturdivan of Woodland by four strokes entering today’s final round. They will be paired in the final group of the day.
Eleven Harborites survived the 18-hole cut and will be bidding for 15 berths in the state tournament next spring. It took a score of 101 or lower to advance.
Sand’s round was marred by a double-bogey seven on the par-5 ninth hole, where he hit his third shot into the adjacent Deschutes River.
He rebounded with a steady back nine that included one birdie, one bogey and seven pars.
“He’s in a good place,” Hoquiam coach Larry Dublanko said. “We need some help from Ryan to back up a bit, but if John can play his normal game, he can make some headway. He’s 14 years old. To be in that position is incredible.”
Elma had a particularly productive day in the team competition, advancing five players to today’s final round. Austin Neary is currently eighth with an 83. Mitch Helland, with an 88, is also in good position to qualify for state in 13th place.
Hoquiam and Montesano had three players apiece survive the cut.
Montesano’s Maguire Cavanaugh fired a career-best 42 on the back nine to advance with a 98.
Harbor golfers to survive the cut:
Elma — Austin Neary 83, Mitch Helland 88, Austin Cristelli 93, Bryson Burrows 95, Jayden Olson 101.
Hoquiam — John Sand 74, Josh Bishop 93, Zach Emerson 95.
Montesano — Maguire Cavanaugh 98, Kyler Landry 99, Nolan Walker 100.