PASCO — Jessica Huntsman played bogey golf Tuesday at the final round of the girls District 5 golf tournament and, although she wasn’t entirely happy with her 12-over 84, it was good enough to get her to state.
Huntsman finished with a two-round total of 167 after carding an 84 at Veterans Memorial Golf Course in the first round of the tournament Monday, placing fourth overall and making the five-golfer cut to get to state.
“I think I could have done better,” Huntsman said after the round, “but it will just take time to get where I want to be.
“I felt like my irons, I was hitting them pretty good, but they just weren't as accurate as I wanted them to be,” Hunstman said. “And then my driver, I usually hit it really, really far and I usually end up within 100 yards (of the hole) easily, but today it just wasn’t working.”
Wa-Hi coach Mike Patterson said it was Huntsman’s short game that needed the most work.
“We’re just going to really work on 60 yards and in,” Patterson said. “She was dialed in, (but) she had multiple 3-putts. She wasn’t able to get in as close as she could.
“She strikes the ball extremely well,” Patterson said, “so we just need to work on our short game and I don’t see why she couldn’t finish in the top 25 again this year.”
Kendall Dunovant, one of two other Wa-Hi golfers to make the cut to the second day of districts, will also be making the trip to state — set for May 21-22 at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver, Wash. — as an alternate after finishing sixth overall with an 88 Monday and an 89 Tuesday for a 177.
“She put together two great rounds,” Patterson said. “This is her best round ever. I know she’s extremely disappointed in herself, but I’m very pleased with her.”
Wa-Hi golfer Marisa Jimenez was the only other golfer to make Tuesday’s round, and she finished tied for ninth place overall with a 94-104 — 198.
Pasco took the top two spots and won the team title with 56 points to runner-up Richland’s 45.5.
Neydeen Martinez led the Bulldogs with a 76-80 — 156, winning medalist over teammate Jalayne Martinez by seven strokes.
Wa-Hi finished in fourth place as a team with 39.5 points, half a point behind third-place Chiawana.
For Jimenez, and Walla Walla’s Shanna Postlewait, a senior, and Kailee Hudson, a freshman, this marks the end of the season.
“It’s (been) a great season,” Patterson said. “They’re great girls to be around. They work really hard, they put a lot of time into this.”
Speaking of the girls who made the second day of districts, Patterson said, “All three of them — we have three girls in Marisa, Jessica and Kendall with unlimited potential and there’s nothing but good things coming their way.”
Huntsman, a junior, made state both her freshman and sophomore years and made the cut each time.
“I was right at the cut line and I was actually really sick at state last year,” she said. “So I’m hoping to be not sick this year, and hoping to play really well — maybe be in the top 15. That’s one of my goals.”
The Class 4A state tournament is set for May 21-22.
District 5 Golf Tournament
At Sun Willows Golf Course
Neydeen Martinez, Pas 76-80 — 156
Jalayne Martinez, Pas 80-83 — 163
Danika Palm, Rich 83-82 — 165
Jessica Huntsman, WW 83-84 — 167
Haylee Hammons, Chia 80-88 — 168
Kendall Dunovant, WW 88-89 — 177
Kea Robertson, Rich 88-94 — 182
Abbey McMinn, Rich 89-94 — 183
Tiffany Johnson, Chia 97-101 — 198
Marisa Jimenez, WW 94-104 — 198
Megan Steach, Chia 100-103 — 203
Alyah Trevino, Chia 102-102 — 204
Meranda Shines, Chia 99-108 — 207
Chloe Shea, Rich 96-111 — 207
Stevie Jean Luke, Chia 102-110 — 212
Kayla Olson, Pas 114-103 — 217
Team Scores — Pasco 56, Richlan 45.5 Chiawana 40, Walla Walla 39.5.