State golf roundup: Kamiak boys advance 6 to Day 2

A late start and slow play marred the 3A boys competition at Indian Summer Country Club in Lacey.

SPOKANE — The Kamiak boys golf team made its presence felt at The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course on the first day of the 4A state championship Tuesday, as six Knights made the cut and will play Wednesday on Day 2.

Daniel Kim led the charge for Kamiak with a first-round 70, putting him in third place and one stroke behind co-leaders Costas Panay of Eastlake and Nate Plaster of Gonzaga Prep.

Devin Kim (73), Josh Clogston (75), Alex Kim (77), Alvin Kwak (77) and Whistler Pascual (81) all made the cut after Day 1 for the Knights, who are tied for second in the team standings with Eastlake and trail Gonzaga Prep by two strokes.

4A Girls

SPOKANE — Kamiak’s Jane Kim and Mariner’s Jazz Caparas are carrying the mantle for local golfers at Hangman Valley Golf Course after Day 1 at state. Kim is six strokes behind a trio of leaders after firing a 76 on Tuesday, and Caparas isn’t far behind with a 79.

Kamiak’s Regina Park and a pair of Glacier Peak golfers (Hannah Lee, Eden Iazeolla) will continue on to Wednesday’s second 18 holes.

3A Boys

LACEY — A late start and slow play ravaged the first day of competition at Indian Summer Country Club, forcing some golfers — three Everett players among them — to finish their first round early Wednesday morning before the second round starts.

Three golfers tied for the lead with a first-round 71 when play was suspended Tuesday night.

Everett boys golf coach Darrell Olson said play did not begin until 11 a.m., and he characterized the pace of play as “pathetically slow.”

The Seagulls’ Andrew Martin and Ronny Kildall managed to finish their opening rounds, shooting 76 and 80, respectively.

Olson said Austin Duffy and Andrew Olson have to finish Nos. 17 and 18 Wednesday morning, and Connor Bugni still has 16, 17 and 18 to play.

“We were in the last five groups, and our last kid didn’t start until 3:50,” Olson said Tuesday night. “It was a very tough afternoon and evening for our team, and we are a very frustrated team right now, but we’ll get up at 6:15 tomorrow morning, be at the course by 6:30 and get ready to tee it up.”

Olson laid the blame for the inability to finish the full first round at the feet of Indian Summer Country Club and its membership, who Olson said wouldn’t allow the tournament to start any earlier than 11 a.m.

“If you’re going to host a high school tournament like this, you have to know that we need to tee off at 8 a.m. like they do everywhere else,” he said. “And you have to know that a four-hour round just isn’t going to happen, either.”

3A Girls

LACEY — Shorewood’s Haley Wong leads all local golfers with a first-round 81 Tuesday at Hawks Prairie Golf Course. Wong is in 12th place after Day 1, but has a mountain to climb to catch up to defending champion Brittany Kwon of Central Kitsap. Kwon shot a 67 on Day 1.

Marysville Pilchuck’s Natalia Zieroth is tied for 21st after carding an 85 Tuesday, and Arlington teammates Grace Metcalf and Mailinh Vu are tied for 32nd with a total of 89.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Jordan Easter (91), Shorewood’s Maria Babcock (95), Meadowdale’s Nicole Brunette (97) and Edmonds-Woodway’s Rachel Puetz (97) will play Wednesday’s second round.

2A Boys

LIBERTY LAKE — Archbishop Murphy’s Zach Leonen carded a 78 to place tied for seventh after Day 1 at Liberty Lake Golf Course on Tuesday. Leonen is five shots behind co-leaders Paul Jacobsen of Sequim and Jordan Metcalf of Lynden, each of whom shot 73.

Mountlake Terrace’s Morgan Subert will also advance to Day 2 on Wednesday after a first-round 84.

2A Girls

LIBERTY LAKE — Lakewood freshman Malia Schroeder is among the top 10 after her first state tournament round Tuesday at MeadowWood Golf Course. Schroeder is tied for ninth after carding an 81, and sits seven shots behind co-leaders McKenna Canty of Black Hills and Brooke Gelinas of White River, who both shot 74.

Archbishop Murphy’s Jenna Suh is the only other local player to make the cut, tying for 23rd with a 91.

1A Boys

OLYMPIA — Grayson Giboney of King’s carded a first-round 75 to place fourth after the first day of action at Olympia Country & Golf Club on Tuesday.

Giboney is six shots behind the leader, Elias Malakoff of Seattle Academy, who shot 69.

South Whidbey’s Gabe Jacobson-Ross will also advance to Wednesday’s second day of competition after a first-round 84.

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