Huntsman leads Wa-Hi at state golf tourney

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SPOKANE - Wa-Hi's Jessica Huntsman shot a first-round 85 to be the lone Blue Devil golfer to make the cut at the Class 4A state tournament here Tuesday.

Huntsman was tied for 31st after opening at MeadowWood Golf Course

A trio of girls, including Bellarmine's Alivia Brown, Lewis and Clark's Sydney Kersten and Central Kitsap's Katie Lee, were tied atop the leaderboard at 72.

Huntsman teed off today's second round at 7:48 a.m.

Wa-Hi's Dean Atkinson shot an opening-round 84 at the boys tournament at Hangman Valley Golf Course.

Atkinson's Blue Devil teammate Nick Atwood shot a 91 for a 76th-place finish.

Both missed the cut of 82.

"It was a great season," Wa-Hi boys coach Jim Smith said of the boys' year. "It's always disappointing to miss the cut. But they were among the 80 top golfers in the state, and that's something they should be very proud of and nobody can take that away from them."

Smith said scores across the board were high, with Jackson's Kyle Cornett leading the field at 74.

"That's the highest (cut) I ever remember seeing it in my 15 or 20 years going to state," he said, pointing out the cut is usually between 77-79. "The course played very, very difficult. We played from the tips, which is just short of 6,900 yards, and during the tournament the wind came up. It just made it really, really tough, and that's evidenced by high scores across the (leader)board."

Atkinson and Atwood, both juniors, had higher expectations, their coach said.

"They were very disappointed," Smith said. "They had expectations of going there and making the cut. They played well in practice rounds. When the wind came up it really changed things.

"Our kids were disappointed, but it didn't take away from making it to state, and they had a great experience," he said.

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