From the links…..

Five of the seven Valley high school golfers competing in this week’s WIAA state high school golf championships in Spokane will be competing in today’s final round after making the cut following yesterday’s opening round. Here’s a rundown of the tournaments.

2A Girls: All three Cedarcrest High School golfers – Bella LaBate, Amanda Fairbanks and Casey Spurr – made it to today’s final round as all made it under the cut yesterday. LaBate fired a round of 90, while Spurr shot 93 and Fairbanks a 95 at the par-72 MeadowWood layout in Liberty Lake, east of downtown Spokane. With all three golfers competing today, the Red Wolves will be competing for a team title as well, but Ephrata has three golfers coming into today’s final round in the top 10 overall, so it looks like the Grant County school will be in best position to win that team title today. One of those girls, Kenedee Peters, fired a 71 yesterday and holds a six-shot lead going into today’s activities.

2A Boys: Red Wolve Steven VanValkenburg will be representing the Lower Valley in today’s final round after firing a 78 yesterday to make it under the cut of 80 in the first round of the tournament, held at Liberty Lake Golf Course, a par 70 layout right next door to the MeadowWood course. Teammate Gredigan Wade narrowly missed the cut, by one stroke, after firing an 81.

4A Girls: Mount Si’s Caitlin Maralack had a strong showing in the opening round of the 4A girls’ event, being held at Indian Canyon Golf Course, a par 72 layout on the west side of Spokane near the airport. She fired an 80 and the junior is tied for 12th overall – with Kingco rival Maddie Nelson of Eastlake – going into today’s final round. It’s not expected, though, that Maralack will be in position to compete for the tournament title, as the clubhouse leader going into today, Bellarmine Prep’s Olivia Benzin, fired a 68 and is 12 shots ahead of the Wildcat star. Mount Si teammate Kat Hodgson’s first state tournament ended with a round of 89, missing the cut by two strokes (the cut was 87).

We’ll let you know what happens today over in the Inland Northwest.

Valley golfers compete for chance to play in national golf tournaments
Five golfers from the Snoqualmie Valley took part in sectional qualifying this month for the upcoming U.S. Open golf tournament to be held at Tacoma’s Chambers Bay Golf Club, as all were looking to achieve their dreams of competing for the national championship in U.S. men’s golf.

All five – Duvall residents Derek Berg, Gunnar Swanson and Logan Toskey, Snoqualmie’s Derek Lee and Carnation’s Garrett Stephens – failed to earn berths in sectional qualifying out of the local events, which were held at locations around the Northwest. Berg and Toskey competed May 11 at the qualifier in DuPont, south of Tacoma, while Lee and Stephens competed May 18 at a qualifier in Oregon and Swanson took his shot May 12 at a qualifier in Walla Walla.

The sectional event is June 8 over at Suncadia Golf Course near Cle Elum.

Meanwhile, two more Valley residents – Fall City’s Joey Carranza and Snoqualmie’s Rob Bringardner – will be competing in an upcoming qualifier for the U.S. Senior Open, for players 50 and over; that event is this coming Monday up in Blaine. This is a sectional qualifier, which if either player does well, will earn them a berth in the U.S. Senior Open, being held at the end of June down in Sacramento.

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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