Wa-Hi girls golfers off to district tournament

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YAKIMA - Wa-Hi's girls didn't fare well at the sixth and final Big Nine pod match at Yakima Elks Golf Course here Tuesday, finishing fifth, but afterward found five Blue Devils are headed to the district tournament Monday in Wenatchee.

"It was a beautiful day, so weather didn't play a part," Wa-Hi coach Mike Patterson said. "It's a par-74, so it's a longer course than we're used to. I think the girls put too much pressure on themselves. It was definitely a learning experience."

Richland won with a 341, followed by Chiawana 409, Wenatchee 420, Moses Lake 426, Wa-Hi 440, Davis 566 and Eisenhower was incomplete.

Richland's Kristin Strankman medaled with a 2-over 76.

For Wa-Hi, Jessica Huntsman finished 10th with at 51-52-103, Kendall Dunovant was 18th at 53-55-108, Cassie Patterson tied for 19th at 57-55-112, and Larissa Mercado was 26th at 57-60-117.

The top 33 golfers advanced to district. Wa-Hi's Marisa Jimenez is first alternate to district.

On the season, Huntsman finished fourth in the Big Nine, Patterson was 15th, Dunovant 16th, Mercado 23rd and Shanna Postlewait 26th.

Richland won the team competition with 42 points, followed by Wenatchee 33, Chiawana 31, Wa-Hi 24, Moses Lake 20, Davis 6 and Ike 2.

District is next Monday at Three Lakes in Wenatchee, with the top eight golfers advancing to the state tournament in Spokane.

"For as young as we are, this has been a great year," coach Patterson said. "The girls have done an excellent job, beyond my expectations. Hopefully we'll advance a girl or two to state, and come back strong next year."

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