Wa-Hi's Jessica Huntsman makes cut at 4A state tourney

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VANCOUVER, Wash. — Walla Walla High School golfer Jessica Huntsman made the cut here Tuesday in the Class 4A state tournament, tying for 27th with an 88 on the par-73 Club Green Meadows Golf Course.

“Jessica’s (Huntsman) round yesterday was in the wind and rain,” Wa-Hi coach Mike Patterson said. “Weather conditions were horrific. Her scored doesn’t indicate how well she played. She made some really good shots and was happy to make the cut at state for the second year in a row. It is our goal for her to move up in the top 15-20 by today’s round end.”

Bellarmine Prep’s Alivia Brown led all girls with an even-par 73.

Wa-Hi’s lone repreesntative at the boys Class 4A state tournament, Dean Atkinson, missed the cut by three strokes after shooting an 83 at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, Wash.

There was a five-way tie for the lead at 70 after the first day.

Atkinson was one-ver throught the first six holes, but struggled over the next seven holes, shooting 10-over.

Atkinson finished his round at even-par over the last five holes.

“Dean (Atkinson) finished well when a lot of kids would have packed it in after a tough stretch,” Wa-Hi boys coach Jim Greene said. “But he has always been that way, he doesn’t ever give up on a round and it is a real tribute to his character to finish so strong.”

Atkinson plans on joining the Army National Guard after high school and playing golf at Walla Walla Community College.

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