Golf Roundup: Elma’s Keating, Valley’s Betrozoff romp to district titles

OLYMPIA — The model of consistency, Elma’s Lauryn Keating made a second district championship look easy.

With her second consecutive even-par 72, the Elma junior rolled to an 18-stroke victory in the District IV Class 1A Girls Golf Tournament on Tuesday at the Capitol City Golf Course.

Not only did Keating match par in every round, she did so on each nine. The nine-hole totals were 36-36-36-36 for a 144 total.

Woodland’s Faith Udy was a distant second at 162 and Woodland’s Kaitlynn Troyer an even more distant third at 196.

Two Hoquiam golfers also advanced to the state 1A tourney May 28-29 at the Lake Spanaway Golf Course near Tacoma. The Grizzlies wound up second to Woodland in the team standings.

Hoquiam’s Kelci Parker, with a final-round 105, placed sixth at 205. Her teammate Katie Skolrood was eighth at 212.

Parker was paired with Keating in the final threesome of the day but maintained her poise to qualify.

“Kelci put herself in a great position yesterday and all she had to do today was maintain,” Grizzly coach Patty Sundstrom said. “(Playing with Lauryn) really forced Kelci to focus and play and that’s terrific for her.”

The top nine players advanced to state. It took a 213 total to qualify.

Hoquiam’s Tanisha Bemis, a senior who entered the tourney’s as the team’s No. 6 entry, shot the best two rounds of her prep career and garnered the first alternate’s berth with a 220 total.

Bemis and Brittany Nations, a senior shot a concluding 106, drew Sundstrom’s praise.

“Overall, I feel real good about the how the tournament went and how the girls played,” said the Hoquiam coach.

Elma — Lauryn Keating 144, Morgan Rockey 123.

Hoquiam — Kelci Parker 205, Katie Skolrood 212, Tanisha Bemis 220, Brittany Nations 225, Megan Gibson 227, Emma Estes 233.

Montesano — Madi Besaw 231, Sami St. Onge 233, Brooke Whitsell 247.

District 2B

CHEHALIS — Willapa Valley’s Nicholas Betrozoff ran away with the individual championship in the District IV Class 2A Tournament on Wednesday at the Newaukum Valley Golf Course.

Adding a 78 to his opening-round 71, Betrozoff finished with a 36-hole total of 149 and a 15-stroke victory over Austin Good of Wahkiakum.

Valley’s Kyler Oblad will join Betrozoff at the state B tourney May 28-29 in Lakewood. Oblad placed fifth with a 183 total.

South Bend’s Tyson Johnson followed his opening 103 with an excellent 84 to earn the first alternate’s spot.

Wahkiakum, the only school to have four players survive the 18-hole cut, won the team trophy.

Twin Harbors scores:

Willapa Valley — Nicholas Betrozoff 149, Kyler Oblad 183, Lucky Wood 209.

South Bend — Tyson Johnson 187.

Raymond — Jace Duckworth 227.

North Beach — Christopher You 198, Aaron Thomas 217.

District 2A

LONGVIEW — Aberdeen was unable to secure a state berth in the District IV Class 2A tourney that concluded Wednesday at the Mint Valley Golf Course.

Aberdeen’s Claire Hurd, with rounds of 109 and 105, had a 36-hole total of 214. Teammate Mari Rabung wound up at 229. It took a score of 207 or better to advance to state next week in Spanaway.

Hurd, Morgan Erickson and sisters Mari and Molly Rabung had been operating on little sleep prior to Tuesday’s opening round. They returned from a band competition in Victoria (in which Aberdeen won a first-place award) at 1 a.m., only to make the trip south some five hours later.

Bobcat coach Dan Sundstrom thanked assistant coach Harley Revel and his six seniors — Hurd, Erickson, Molly Rabung, Amy Barker, Amelia McIntosh and Jewels Jugum. The first five seniors had been on the team since their freshmen season.

“All of them went to district,” Sundstrom said. “Going from non-golfers as freshmen to making district as seniors is pretty good.”


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