Washington junior state golf tournament tees off

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8-11 year old golfers compete in the 2011 WJGA horse race at the Vets memorial course on Tuesday afternoon as proud parents and spectators follow around to cheer them on.

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Walla Walla's Emily Baumgart wins the 12-13 year old girls divison long ball drive with an a 241 yard shot held at the walla walla country club as part of the 2011 WJGSA state tournament being held at all 3 walla walla golf courses this week.

WALLA WALLA - The Washington Junior Golf Association State Championships take over three local golf courses beginning today and running through Friday.

Festivities began earlier this week.

The 35th annual WJGA state tournament is being played at the country club, Veterans Memorial and Wine Valley Golf Course today and Thursday, and concludes with the final round Friday at the Walla Walla Country Club.

A field of 252 of the state's best junior players in four age divisions for boys and girls are competing in the tournament.

Baumgart, in the girls 12-13 division, is one of three Walla Walla golfers in the tournament.

Nick Atwood in the boys 14-15 division and Jessica Huntsman in the girls 14-15 division also qualified during district play last week.

The championships got underway this morning, with the 16-17 boys and 14-15 girls at Wine Valley, and the 16-17 girls and 14-15 boys at the country club.

Those groups will switch courses for Thursday's play.

Veterans Memorial hosts the two younger groups both today and Thursday, with the 8-11 divisions playing the back nine only.

Friday's final round for all ages is at the country club, with an awards ceremony following.

The boy and girl with the best 54-hole score from the 16-17 and 14-15 age groups combined will earn state championship trophies.

The tournament tees off at 7:30 a.m. each day.

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