SPANAWAY — Hoquiam High School freshman John Sand carded a one-over-par 73 to share the first-round lead in the state 1A boys golf tournament on Wednesday at the Lake Spanaway Golf Course.
Sand is tied with Zillah’s Derrick Phelps entering today’s final round of the 36-hole tournament.
King’s Way Christian’s Clayton Rajewich trails by one stroke and will be paired with Sand and Phelps in today’s final threesome.
Sand was more solid than spectacular in his opening round. He hit 15 greens in regulation and used 34 putts.
“He has a very, very solid golf swing that holds up under pressure,” Grizzly coach Larry Dublanko said. “I think this gives him an edge with this field. He played very steadily and he made putts when he needed to.”
Sand’s lone hiccup came near the turn, when he made back-to-back bogeys on the eighth and ninth holes. He slipped two over par with a three-putt bogey on the 12th hole, but got one of those strokes back by wedging to within four feet and converting the birdie putt on the par-5 13th. He parred the remaining five holes.
Three Elma golfers competed in the first round, but didn’t qualify for today’s final round. The cut line was the top-40 (plus ties) finishers at 14-over 86.
Austin Neary was the closest Eagle to the cut line, coming in at 89. Teammates Mitch Helland (94) and Bryson Burrows (100) also missed the cut.
SPANAWAY — Elma’s Lauryn Keating survived a flash rainstorm, the trees along the Lake Spanaway Golf Course and a rough start to move into second place at the halfway point of the state 1A girls golf tournament on Wednesday.
Keating fired a 78 in the opening round. She was in the first group with two of her main competitors for the state individual title — tournament leader Bree Wandersheid, of Goldendale, and King’s Hannah Roh — for the opening round. Wandersheid shot a four-over 76 to grab the first-round lead, while Roh came in at nine-over 81.
“Lauryn played scrappy all day and made the best of her round,” Elma head coach Mark Keating said. “She had to punch out of the trees about four times. She got up and down quite a bit. She played really hard and had to fight for everything she got today.”
The Elma junior fell back to 4-over in the first five holes, but steadied her play to go 2-over in the final 13 holes. Keating held a brief lead over Wandersheid with four holes to play, but bogeyed the 16th hole. Wandersheid birdied the hole to take the lead.
Keating is scheduled to tee off early today in the final group of the tournament.
The top-20 finishers, including ties, qualified for today’s final round. The cut line was 98.
Hoquiam’s two golfers — Katie Skolrood and Kelci Parker — missed the cut after the first round. Skolrood came in at 101 and Parker finished at 106.
UNIVERSITY PLACE — Aberdeen’s Eric Hagen punched his ticket to today’s final round with an 11-over 83 in the state 2A boys golf tournament on Wednesday at Chambers Bay Golf Course.
Hagen finished in a four-way tie for 22nd place. The top-40 placers, including ties, qualified for today’s final round. The cut line fell at 87.
Hagen was the only Aberdeen golfer who qualified for the tournament.
LAKEWOOD — Willapa Valley’s Nicholas Betrozoff shot an eight-over 80 to tie for third at the state 2B-1B boys golf tournament on Wednesday at Oakbrook Golf Course.
Betrozoff, the only Twin Harbors golfer to qualify for today’s final round, is two strikes off the lead. LaConner’s Brendan McLeod leads the tournament at 78, with Liberty Christian’s Isaiah Ojeda in second at 89. Cedar Park Christian’s Ben Reidy is tied with Betrozoff at 80.
The top-20 golfers, at 18-over 90, qualified for today’s final 18 holes. Willapa Valley’s Kyler Oblad missed the cut at 94.
LAKEWOOD — South Bend’s Emma Lorton and Willapa Valley’s Emily Fluke were the only Twin Harbors golfers in the state 2B-1B girls golf tournament at Oakbrook on Wednesday.
Both golfers missed the cut for today’s final 18 holes — top-20 finishers (plus ties) moved on at 115.
Lorton missed the cut by two strokes at 117 and Fluke was one stroke behind Lorton at 118.