Huntsman leads Blue Devil girls

Jessica Huntsman finishes fourth and is an alternate to the state tournament.

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WENATCHEE - Wa-Hi golfer Jessica Huntsman led the Blue Devils to a fourth-place finish at the Big Nine District Tournament Monday.

Huntsman carded a 96 on the par-72 Three Lakes Golf Course, qualifying her as an alternate to the State round next week in Spokane.

Richland led the Big Nine with 166 points and medalist Kristin Strankman, who hit par-72. The top eight golfers play at state.

"We had a tough time on the course," said Wa-Hi coach Mike Patterson. "We had one girl that shot the best round in her life (Shanna Postelwait) but it wasn't good enough to qualify for state."

Huntsman went 11-over par on the last four holes and was edged by one stroke, a 40-foot birdie putt.

"She had a really good round going and she was right in there, but the last four holes just ate her up," Patterson said.

Wa-Hi's Kendall Dunovant shot a 109, Postlewait hit a 111, Larissa Mercado had 126 and Cassie Patterson carded a 130.

"They'd all played the course before, but this will be a great learning experience because our players are so young," Patterson said. "I told the girls, I wouldn't want to coach any other team. These are great kids and hard workers, and I know they'll hit the course and get a lot of practice this summer."

Huntsman can golf if any players are missing at Spokane next week.

Huntsman was selected first-team All-Big Nine, while Cassie Patterson and Dunovant were honorable mention. Hunstman and Dunovant are freshmen and Patterson is a sophomore.

Richland led the team standings, followed by Chiawana's 120 points, Wenatchee 95.5, Wa-Hi 95, Moses Lake 85.5, Eisenhower 77.5 and Davis incomplete.

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