Wa-Hi golfer Reinland advances to state golf tournament

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WENATCHEE - Wa-Hi's Drew Reinland will represent the Blue Devils at the state tournament at Canyon Lakes in Kennewick after the District tournament here Monday.

Reinland placed third, carding a 71 on the Three Lakes course and 72 on the Highlander course for a 143.

Kamiakin's Riley Hayfield was the medalist, shooting 67-73-140.

Pasco won the Big Nine district golf tournament and Wa-Hi placed fifth here Monday.

The Bulldogs carded 305 in the first 18-hole round at Three Lakes, and 305 in the second round at Highlander, for a combined 607.

Wa-Hi (306-313-619) placed fifth after 36 holes.

"Thirty-six holes in one day is hard," said Blue Devils coach Jim Smith.

Smith said the team left for Wenatchee about 6 a.m. Monday and got back about 12:45 a.m. today.

Pasco placed seventh in league and improved to win the championship, Smith said.

"That's a great accomplishment for those kids," he said.

Pasco brothers Saul Martinez (71-74-145) and Samson Martinez (75-71-146) will continue for the Bulldogs.

The top 11 Big Nine golfers are continuing on to state next week.

Wa-Hi junior Jake Hanson shot 78-75-153 for 12th place, missing the tournament by one placing. Sophomore Nick Atwood had 77-81-158 for 20th, and freshmen Dean Atkinson had 80-85-165 for 34th and Travis Morrison went 88-95-183 for 48th place in the 61-golfer tournament.

"As far as the team's concerned, we'd obviously like to play better," Smith said. "But we played better against the rest of the teams in the second round than in the first, and it's always nice to see that the kids don't give up."

Hanson's 12th-place finish was a disappointment, Smith said.

"He had such a solid year," Smith said. "On the first hole in the first round (at Three Lakes) he loses a ball and it's stuck up in a tree. You could hit 100 balls into that tree and none would stick, but this one did. At Three Lakes, you don't (shoot) right at that hole because you'll go out-of-bounds, so he hit left, and he hit where he aimed, but he was stuck up in that tree."

That got Hanson off on the wrong foot immediately, adding a triple bogey to a young score. He bogied on the next three holes, so he was six strokes over after four.

"If you take those out, he played like he has all year long," Smith said.

Hanson was 25th and 12 shots away from the lead after the first round.

"The number he had to shoot wasn't the issue (in the second round)," Smith said. "It was how many guys he had to get past."

He carded a 75 in the second round, beating six players ahead of him.

It wasn't enough, and after losing in the playoff round to Southridge golfer Nick Mandell, Hanson was out.

"Some of the kids who made it, if they had to play three more holes they probably wouldn't have," Smith said. "There were a lot of kids who shot low numbers for the first time and they weren't comfortable being there. ... Sure enough, there were kids blowing up left and right (in the second round)."

Smith was proud of Hanson's attitude, and that he kept working at it.

"Jake sat in the front with me to keep me awake on the drive home," Smtih said. "He could've sat in the back and pouted, but he didn't. He's a man, and acted like one, and I'm really proud of him."

This is Reinland's third trip to state.

The state tournament begins with a practice round next Tuesday at Canyon Lakes in Kennewick. Reinland's tee time is not yet known.

TEAM SCORES

Pasco 302-305-607, Southridge 299-311-610, Kamiakin 301-313-614, Richland 290-325-615, Wa-Hi 306-313-619, Wenatchee 307-319-626, Eastmont 306-330-636, Moses Lake 321-342-663, Kennewick 326-346-672, Davis 333-349-682, Chiawana 339-365-704, Eisenhower 367-NS-NS.

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