Sports Briefs 6/29

Klein fourth in women’s

senior amateur golf

Gretchen Klein of Hoquiam placed fourth in the Washington State Golf Association Women’s Senior Amateur golf tournament that concluded Thursday at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way.

With a final round of 82, Klein finished with a 54-hole total of 244. Lisa Smego of Olympia won her third state senior title with a 233 total, finishing seven strokes ahead of her nearest challenger.

Former Harborite Ann Swanson of Bellevue, with a closing 86, wound up 10th at 254.

Alexis Keating of Elma tied for sixth in the open division of the state amateur being staged concurrently at the same course. A member of the University of Colorado golf team, Keating finished with a 75 for a 231 total.

Washington State University golfer Mallory Kent of Tukwila won that tourney with a 224 total.

Lauryn Keating qualifies for Junior World golf tourney

Elma’s Lauryn Keating earned a berth in the Junior World girls golf tournament by tying for second in a state-qualifying tournament Thursday at Tumwater Valley Golf Course.

The 16-year-old Keating shot rounds of 73 and 79 for a 152 total. Bree Wanderscheid of Goldendale won the qualifier at 142.

Keating was one of four players advancing to the Junior World tourney July 29-Aug. 1 at Albuquerque, N.M.

Clubbers win Portland tourney

The Aro Glass Clubbers of Grays Harbor went 6-0 to capture the 60 and over division of the Portland Invitational men’s slowpitch tournament.

The Clubbers beat Vancouver USA, 21-17, in the championship game. Their previous victories came over the Storm, 18-9; the Marauders, 21-15; Stagecoach, 22-17; Vancouver USA, 14-10 and Last Call in eight innings, 18-17.

Aro’s Craig Everhart, who batted .840, was selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Bob Paylor, who batted .810; John Delia (.800 with five homers); Wayne Ross (.769 with three homers) and Don Mehlhoff (.769) earned all-tournament recognition.

The Clubbers have qualified for and will likely participate in a national tournament next February in Winter Haven, Fla. Team members expressed appreciation to Aro Glass for its sponsorship.

Raymond grad advances in long drive event

Raymond High School graduate Jerry Swanson won the district qualifier for the Remax Long Drive championship recently at Orting.

The 5o-year-old Swanson captured the Senior Division with a drive of 334 yards — 20 yards longer than his nearest rival. The event was staged in rainy, windy weather with soggy ground restricting the roll.

Swanson, who now lives in Gresham, Ore., will next competing in regionals July 28, also at Orting. He participated in the Remax event’s Senior Division last year.