CAMAS — Luke Kuna is trying to keep things simple.
His strategy has paid off, so far.
The Snohomish golfer shot a 2-under par 70 at the first day of the 4A state boys golf championship at Camas Meadows Golf Club. Kuna’s score is good enough for second overall at the end of the first round.
“He was just very consistent all day,” said Snohomish head coach Joe Mutcheson. “It was kind of the same thing. Played it shot by shot and did a great job. Sometimes in golf if you keep it simple it makes it a lot easier.”
Kuna was 10 strokes under the 80-stroke cut for day two. He will be in the final group to tee off Wednesday, along with Lynnwood’s Rudy Caparas, at 10 a.m.
“He’s been playing really well,” Mutcheson said. “It’s a combination of a lot of hard work and talent. … I guess what I hope he accomplishes is when he finishes the round he’s happy with the way he played. I hope he enjoyed himself out there and played his game.”
Right behind Kuna was Caparas, who finished with a 71. It was the second-consecutive strong first day at the state tournament for the senior, who shot a 70 on day one last year.
“He had a great round today,” said Lynnwood coach Glenn Chinn. “I just felt from the very beginning, he was well-composed. The goal was to stay one-under for the round and he got it.”
After a double bogey on the par-5 ninth hole, Caparas birdied three of the last four holes to stay near the top of the leaderboard.
Now Caparas, who won the 4A District 1 tournament by 12 strokes, finds himself in unfamiliar territory heading into day two: two strokes behind the leader.
“I think he’s somewhat disappointed being the third guy back,” Chinn said. “It’s hard to defend and protect that lead. It’s a great motivation to try to come from behind. A few strokes back is nothing in 18 holes of golf.”
Kamiak’s Brian Moon also finished in the top 10, with a score of 73, tying him for sixth place with two other golfers.
Edmonds-Woodway’s Dylan Merrill made the cut for day two with a 76. Ryan Kerr (Kamiak) and Snohomish’s Keegan Willis both shot a 78 and Arnold Ha of Jackson and Kamiak’s Matt Kornegay just made the cut with a score of 80.
At Camas Meadows Golf Course
18 holes, par 72
Top 10: 1. Sean Yi, Jefferson, 69; 2. Luke Kuna, Snohomish, 70; 3. Tanner Kovacevich, Puyallup, Rudy Caparas, Lynnwood, 71; 5. Tanner Comes, Ferris, 72; 6. Mitchell Baldridge, Puyallup, Kelley Sullivan, Skyline, Brian Moon, Kamiak, 73; 9. Conrad Crowshaw, Redmond, 74; 10. Nolan Backman, Olympia, Aubrey MacKenzie, Central Kitsap, RJ Tallud, Tahoma, 75.
Made the cut (80): Luke Kuna, Snohomish, 70; Rudy Caparas, Lynnwood, 71; Brian Moon, Kamiak, 73; Dylan Merrill, Edmonds-Woodway, 76; Ryan Kerr, Kamiak, Keegan Willis, Snohomish, 78; Arnold Ha, Jackson, Matt Kornegay, Kamiak, 80. Missed the cut: Steven Cabanday, Kamiak, Ethan Casto, Snohomish, 84; Jonathan Cisneros, Cascade, 88; Owen Fenner, Monroe, Anthony Guerrero, Lake Stevens, 89.
Today’s tee times
Matt Kornegay, Kamiak, 7:30 a.m.; Arnold Ha, Jackson, 7:50 a.m.; Keegan Willis, Snohomish, 8:20 a.m.; Ryan Kerr, Kamiak, 8:30 a.m.; Dylan Merrill, Edmonds-Woodway, 9:10 a.m.; Brian Moon, Kamiak, 9:40 a.m.; Rudy Caparas, Lynnwood, Luke Kuna, Snohomish, 10 a.m.