Huntsman picks up second-place finish, leads Wa-Hi girls' golf to third at Sun Willows

Wa-Hi's Jessica Huntsman finishes second overall at a six-team CBBN golf pod match.


PASCO - Wa-Hi's girls golfers finished third in windy conditions at a Big Nine pod match hosted by Chiawana at Sun Willows here Monday.

Blue Devil sophomore Jessica Huntsman finished second in the field, shooting an 82 on the par-72 course.

Richland senior Kristin Strankman shot an even-par 72 to medal.

Other counting scores for Wa-Hi were Kendall Dunovant, who tied for eighth with a 97; Marisa Jimenez with a 112; and Cassie Patterson with a 113.

Non-counting Blue Devil scores included Shanna Postlewait at 117 and Molly Warinner at 128.

"I was really pleased with the focus and concentration the girls had with the weather we had," Wa-Hi coach Mike Patterson said. "The wind was howling, and we haven't played a course with greens so fast. But the girls did an extremely good job of staying focused."

Richland won the pod match with a team score of 334, following by Wenatchee's 389, Wa-Hi's 404, Chiawana's 444, Davis' 470, and Eisenhower fielded an incomplete team.

Wa-Hi's team is one of the youngest in the Big Nine, Patterson said.

Cassie Patterson and Postlewait are juniors, Huntsman, Dunovant and Jimenez are sophomores and Warinner is a freshman.

"We boast one of the youngest teams in the league," coach Patterson said. "But this was our best score (404) in the last two years. We're hoping to get to 393, 390. If we do that, we'll be battling Wenatchee for second place."

Richland is still the team to beat, with a senior-laden group led by Strankman.

"Richland is deep, usually five of their golfers are in the top seven scores," Patterson said.

Wa-Hi next heads to Yakima for the second pod match of the season on April 10.


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