Golf news and a diamond note…..

We have another note from golf today.

The Washington Open men’s pro golf tournament took place this week; it wrapped up yesterday down at the Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent.

There were several competitors from the Valley in the event. The group was led by Duvall’s Derek Berg. The Cedarcrest HS grad, representing the Pacific Northwest Golf Academy, fnished in a tie for 19th, at a two-under par 214 on the par-72 layout. He carded rounds of 73 Monday and yesterday in the first and third rounds, and those sandwiched a 68 on Tuesday in round two.

There were also entrants in the event, run by the Pacific Northwest section of the Professional Golfers’ Association, representing Valley golf courses including the Club at Snoqualmie Ridge and Aldarra Golf Club outside of Fall City. Many of the competitors are club pros at their respective courses.

Also on this Thursday afternoon:

Mount Si alum Lutz’s homer powers CCS baseball to first-round tournament win
Sophomore Justin “JuJu” Lutz’s two-run homer keyed a four-run fifth helping the Community Colleges of Spokane baseball team score a 5-2 win earlier today over Edmonds Community College in the opening round of the Northwest Athletic Conference tournament for regional community college baseball teams being hosted by Lower Columbia College at their facilities down in Longview.

Lutz, from Fall City and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, finished the day 2-4 with that homer, which according to the Internet blog “9 Inning Know it All”, who mentioned this on their Twitter feed, was only the second time their reporter covering today’s game for the blog had ever seen one hit off a shed that doubles as the center field hitting backdrop at David Story Field, which is the LCC on-campus field. So a massive blast for sure from Lutz, the son of Mount Si head baseball coach Brent Lutz, who, according to the blog, has not found a four-year program to transfer to for next spring.

He is hitting .293 on the season with today’s homer being his third of the spring. He has 34 RBI’s on the season and has also has caught 11 runners attempting to steal, which has him among the top 10 in the conference in that category. Look for Lutz perhaps to get an opportunity at a smaller school (NCAA Division II or below or the NAIA).

Spokane with the win advances to meet the winner of the matchup between Tacoma and Linn-Benton CC’s going on right now tomorrow.

A second MSHS alum, Carson Corra, is also competing in this tournament; his Mount Hood CC team plays tournament host LCC tonight in their opening game.

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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