Richland dominates girls pod match

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RICHLAND - Host Richland dominated a girls Big Nine Conference pod-match golf tournament here Wednesday at Horn Rapids by placing four players among the top six individually and winning by 47 strokes in the team competition.

The Bombers compiled a 321 team tally for their four best scores on the par-72 course, with Eastmont finishing a distant second with a 388 count.

Hanford was next with a 370 score, followed by West Valley 389, Wenatchee 396, Kamiakin 399, Southridge 445, Eisenhower 414, Chiawana 417 and Wa-Hi's Blue Devils at 425. It was another 20 shots back to Davis at 445, with Moses Lake shooting 452, Kennewick 456 and Pasco 473. Sunnyside had an incomplete team.

Richland's Kristin Strinkham took medalist honors with an even-par 72, and the Bombers' Mary McDonald and Wenatchee's Jordan Takasugi tied for second place with identical 81s.

Richland's Gina Ojeda finished fourth with an 83 and the Bombers' Katie Stephens was sixth at 85, sandwiched around Hannah Naughton of Davis, who carded an 84 for a fifth-place finish individually.

For Wa-Hi, Brittany Hodgen and Alexa Kaylor led the way with a pair of 99s to share 28th place. Kylar Boggs shot 113 and Amanda Halazon carded 114 for the Blue Devils' other counting scores. Also for the Blue Devils, Tawnee Payne shot 118 and Larissa Mercado turned in a 127.

Blue Devils coach Mike Patterson noted that Hodgen, Kaylor, Halazon and Payne all shot career-best scores.

"And we set a team goal of shooting 425, and we hit it right on the button," Patterson said. "We thought that might be good enough to finish as high as sixth place, but some of the other schools improved as well."

The Big Nine's next girls pod match is scheduled April 26, with Wa-Hi serving as the host at Veterans MemorialGolf Course.

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