SVSJ preview: Mount Si High School boys and girls golf aim for state 4A titles at tourneys next week in Spokane

Mount Si High School’s boys and girls’ golf teams are headed to state. The WIAA’s state 4A boys’ and girls’ golf tournaments are next Tuesday and Wednesday over in Spokane. Both teams earned the third seed from the SeaKing District into the state fields.

The Wildcat boys compete as a fall sport and finished third in last fall’s district championships, so they spent several months wondering if they’d get a berth. Well, earlier this spring, they got their answer. “I knew it was coming eventually and I saw his name (the Kingco AD responsible for boys’ golf) come up on the phone and (I was in) immediate panic but then I was very excited because the first words out of his mouth were ‘you’re in’ so I was very excited for the boys,” said Mount Si boys’ head coach Bob Bostwick.

His son Cole will be among the golfers competing in the tournament, and he’s ready. “Everyone’s working as hard as we can,” Cole said. “We’re taking the best five we’ve got.”

And leading that top five is going to be Drew Warford. The junior, who is the reigining WIAA 4A state boys’ individual champion, is also the defending two-time Pacific Northwest Golf Association boys’ junior champion and has also played in high profile national events, just this past week taking a shot at qualifying for this country’s national men’s golf championship, the U.S. Open. He wasn’t able to get it done, but the opportunities he gets to play tough courses and on these kinds of stages will help Warford establish himself as the player to beat at the tournament in Spokane, and likely propel Mount Si into a team title discussion just the same.

Drew’s brother Hogan is also expected to compete, and he, too, could be a player to watch on the individual leaderboard.

The boys will be competing at the Creek at Qualchan course, which is off Highway 195 along Hangman Creek to the south of the city’s downtown. This course is a par-72, almost 6,200 total yard layout, so a tough challenge can be expected for the guys. Bob Bostwick likes his team’s chances, but does realize the challenge ahead. “Having Drew, who’s the reigning 4A champ is always a nice thing to have on your team. We’re a young team, but we’re also much more mature and seasoned than we were last year,” the coach said. “The competition’s going to be tough.”

Meanwhile, just up 195 from Qualchan is the Hangman Valley Golf Course and that’s where the 4A girls’ tournament will be held, so with everything in close proximity together, Mount Si golf fans who head over next week should be able to see plenty from both the boys’ and girls’ teams. Speaking of the ladies, Mount Si’s girls could also be in the team title discussion. The reason for this is of course their freshman sensation Kasey Maralack, who medalist rounded (low round in a match) several times ths spring for Mount Si and has amassed a strong golf resume, including recently competing in the national Drive, Chip and Putt competition in Augusta, GA, that was held during the week of the recent Masters men’s pro tournament.

Coach Steve Botulinski also can expect a solid showing as well from junior Annie Burns as well, so Mount Si will be very much in position to be successful this next week over east of the Cascades. Hangman, like Qualchan, is a par-72 but is over 6,900 yards, so driving could be a big factor, especially if there’s a lot of wind over there, which does happen from time to time this time of the year over in the Inland Northwest. With the course also in a canyon along Hangman Creek, the wind tunnel effect that is normal from time to time here in the Upper Valley with the winds coming out of Snoqualmie Pass could also be a factor, and knowledge of that type of wind condition could be a help to Mount Si.

Tee times for the tournaments will be announced today or early next week. The format will work like this – everyone competes in the opening round on Tuesday and there will be a cut, likely around the top 30 or 35 with ties after that first round. Those remaining golfers will then head out for their rounds on Wednesday. The competitors will do a full 18-hole round both days as opposed to the nine-hole rounds during the regular season.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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