Jake Koppenberg used home-course advantage to lap the field and claim a state golf championship.
The Everett High School graduate dominated the Washington Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, which took place Monday and Tuesday at Bellingham Golf & Country Club.
Koppenberg is now a Bellingham resident and a member of Bellingham Golf & Country Club, so he was right at home at the tournament for amateurs ages 25 and older. He shot rounds of 69 and 70 to finish with a two-round score of 5-under par, which was six shots better than his nearest competitor.
“It wasn’t really too exciting of golf,” Koppenberg told Washington Golf. “Hitting greens, making pars. I didn’t check any scores of the other players during the day, but I also didn’t hear any whispers of anybody going low in front of me. The guys I was playing with (Tuesday) made some early bogeys so I knew where they stood. And knowing the course, I knew where to hit it and not get into trouble.”
One Snohomish County resident finished in the top 10 as Jacob Rohde tied for eighth at 3-over.
Lakewood softball player shines at national event
Emmajoy Wise, a sophomore at Lakewood High School, was a member of the fastpitch softball team that finished in third place at the USSSA Summer All American Games held Aug. 2-7 in Viera, Florida.
Wise, who earned a direct invite to the tournament from a tryout in Sherwood, Oregon, was assigned to the South Region 14U American DI team. She was the team’s catcher for both of its victories in the tournament as the South finished 2-5-1. Wise had an RBI base hit and scored the team’s other run on a passed ball in a 2-0 victory.
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