Wa-Hi's Huntsman 25th at state tourney

Jessica Huntsman finishes in a three-way tie for 25th at her first state Class 4A golf tournament at MeadowWood in Spokane.


SPOKANE - Wa-Hi sophomore Jessica Huntsman finished tied for 25th at the Class 4A state golf tournament at MeadowWood Golf Course here Wednesday.

Huntsman shot 85-81-166 to sit in a three-way tie.

Bellarmine Prep's Alivia Brown won the individual title in a three-player playoff. Brown won on the second playoff hole over her teammate Jordan Ferriera and Central Kitsap's Katie Lee.

"We're very pleased with the progress Jessica made this season," Wa-Hi coach Mike Patterson said. "She missed the state tournament by one or two strokes last year. Eighty-two of the best golfers make it to state, so our short-term goal was to play each shot at a time to make the cut (on Tuesday). She did that with an 85 (the cut was 88)."

Huntsman carded an 8 on the second hole, but shook it off to finish the opening round strong.

"She really kept her composure," Patterson said. "I'm happy with her keeping her composure after that 8. But she finished the day with a par, and that's a difficult downhill dogleg right. I was really pleased with the maturity she showed on the course.

"She came out on Wednesday and hit the ball better than the score showed," he said.

Huntsman parred the first four holes on Wednesday.

"She was striking the ball extremely well," Patterson said.

Huntsman finished the front nine with a 41.

"She had a little trouble hitting fairways, but she got out of trouble and onto the greens," Patterson said. "You take two double (bogeys) out and she could have had a really low score."

Huntsman picked up her first birdie of the tournament on the 12th hole, and pulled out a parr on 18 for a 40 on the back nine.

"She hit every fairway (on the nine holes)," Patterson said.

"For a sophomore, it wa a great learning experience for her. She grabbed the attention of quite a few people," he said.

"We're looking forward to next year," Patterson said. "We've got a young team and everybody is coming back. I wish we could start the season tomorrow."


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