Blue Devils’ Huntsman dampens Hanford girls’ party at Columbia Point

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RICHLAND — Hanford dominated the final Mid-Columbia Conference girls golf POD match Monday at par-72 Columbia Point in Richland, but it took Walla Walla High School’s Jessica Huntsman to break up the Falcons’ party at the top of the standings.

Three Falcons finished tied atop the leaderboard with 75s: Taylor Kain-Godoy, Lacy Skwarek, and Kelsey Aiello. Kain-Godoy was awarded medalist on a scorecard playoff. Hanford’s Kate Stephens carded a 78, but Huntsman snuck in with a 77 to finish fourth and prevent Hanford from going 1-2-3-4.

“Hanford just dominated this meet,” Wa-Hi coach Mike Patterson said.

But, “it’s really good to see Jessica getting in at 77,” Patterson said. “She has been averaging about 81 this season, so 77 is a big improvement for her. She has unlimited potential — her 77 included a double and triple (bogey) — she’s kind of hitting her stride right now.”

Wa-Hi’s Kendall Dunovant finished with a 95, Marisa Jimenez 101 and Shanna Postlewait 102 to round out the Blue Devil scorers. Kailee Hudson carded a personal-best 110 as Wa-Hi’s alternate.

Unsurprisingly, Hanford won the team standings, finishing 50 strokes ahead of runner-up Richland with a 303. Richland followed with a 353, Pasco 365, Chiawana and Kennewick 372, Walla Walla 375, Southridge 380 and Kamiakin 399.

All five Blue Devil girls made the cut for Monday’s 24-girl opening round of the District 5 tournament at Veterans Memorial Golf Course in Walla Walla.

After Monday’s round at Vets, the top 16 golfers will advance to finals the following Tuesday at Sun Willows in Pasco. The top five placers there move on to state.

“As far as Kendall Dunovant, I think its very attainable for her to qualify for state,” Patterson said. “It’s just a matter of we have to be on our game. Going into those five allocated spots we’ve really got to be on our A game.

“Marisa (Jimenez) and Shanna (Postlewait), you never know in golf — that upper echelon of girls could shoot really poorly, and they could have a great round and end up getting into the state tournament,” Patterson said. “There’s a lot of opportunities on Monday.”

The Blue Devils tee off Monday at 9 a.m.

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