Wa-Hi girls golf team takes first in MCC pod

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RICHLAND — The Walla Walla High School girls golf team used a balanced approach to claim first at the Mid-Columbia Conference’s first girls golf pod at Meadow Springs Country Club on Monday.

The Blue Devils fired a 381 collectively, which bested second-place finisher Kamiakin by 11 strokes. Wa-Hi also only brought four competitors to the eight-team tournament, which meant every individual score counted.

“It was completely a team effort,” Wa-Hi coach Mike Patterson said. “We didn’t have the luxury of having five or six girls and taking the top four. Each one of those girls knew their score was going to count. If they had a bad hole, they had to try and get refocused.”

Wa-Hi senior Jessica Huntsman led the squad individually, as she tied for fourth with an 85.

Southridge’s Catherine Warner clinched medalist honors, as she shot an 80, which was three strokes lower than Pasco’s Neydeen Martinez.

Wa-Hi’s Kendall Dunovant fired a 92, which tied her for seventh. Teammates Brooke Cramer carded 101 for 13th and Marisa Jimenez finished with a 103 for 17th.

“That’s going to be the toughest track we’ll play all year,” Patterson said. “The girls picked up a lot of knowledge about the nuances of different golf courses.”

The Blue Devils get back in action at the Pasco Invitational on April 8.

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