State golf roundup: Kamiak’s Kim takes 2nd at 4A girls tourney

LIBERTY LAKE — Kamiak’s Jane Kim rocketed 10 spots up the leaderboard at the 4A girls tournament at MeadowWood Golf Course Wednesday with a 2-under par 69, a score than enabled the sophomore to place second in the event.

Kim was tied for 12th, eight shots behind Day 1’s leader — Cassie Kim of Davis — following Tuesday’s opening 18 holes, but shaved nine strokes off that performance to stay in contention on Wednesday.

Cassie Kim maintained her lead, winning the state title by carding a 141 (70-71) for the two days, finishing six strokes ahead of the Kamiak golfer’s 147 (78-69).

“That score of 69 was a great one today because it was very windy, over 20 miles per hour,” Kamiak coach Dan Murman said. “She was very focused throughout and made some nice pars, but she birdied the fourth hole and that got her going.”

Kim made the turn at 1-under but continued to score, making birdie on 14 and 15 before scratching out a five for par on the 520-yard 16th. She birdied a tough par 3 on 17 before a birdie putt lipped out on 18.

“She putted extremely well today, and she had a little trouble with that yesterday,” Murman said. “But other than that, she was right there. Cassie finished about 45 minutes after Jane, and we knew Cassie shot a 36 on the front, so we were holding our breath that maybe she blew up a little bit and Jane could sneak in there. But the only thing she’s been missing is confidence, and one good round to get her over the hump. This will build her confidence, and she’s got tons of potential. She could defnitely win it all next year.”

The performance helped the Knights to 61.5 points, good enough for a third-place finish in the team standings behind second-place Camas (67.75) and state-champion Bellarmine Prep (163.75).

Kamiak’s Annette Vo tied for 23rd with a 36-hole score of 161 (80-81).

Lake Stevens’ Anna Lundquist fired a 160 (79-81) to tie for 19th.

4A Boys

Devin Kim and Alvin Kwak each placed in the top 10 to help Kamiak earn a third-place trophy. The Knights finished with 74 points. Bellarmine Prep won the team title with 107.5 and Gonzaga Prep was second with 87.5.

Kim tied for fifth with a 5-over-par 145 (68-77) at Liberty Lake Golf Course, and Kwak tied for 10th at 146 (74-72). Kamiak’s Tanner Mohr finished in a six-way tie for 28th at 153 (75-78).

Bellarmine Prep’s Joe Highsmith won the individual championship with a 6-under-par 134 (67-67).

3A Boys

A day after tying for the first-round lead with a 4-under 68, Quinton Borseth of Stanwood shot a 2-over 74 and finished in a tie for third place at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland.

Spencer Tibbits of Fort Vancouver won the tournament with a 7-under 137 (69-68).

Arlington placed fifth (46.5 points), Stanwood seventh (39) and Everett 11th (25) in the team standings. Arlington was led by Connor Stephens, who tied for 12th at 149 (76-73). Everett’s top golfer was Austin Duffy, who finished in a tie for 24th (73-80—153), one shot behind Cody Oakes of Arlington (77-75—152).

Redmond won the team title with 80.5 points.

3A Girls

Vreni Todd of Snohomish was the top local finisher at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick. Todd shot a 170 (83-87) to tie for 11th. She helped the Panthers place ninth in the team standings with 34.5 points.

Mercer Island won the team title (82 points), and Brittany Kwon of Central Kitsap took medalist honors with a 1-under-par 143.

2A Boys

Archbishop Murphy placed third in the team standings and the Wildcats’ Jack McClincy tied for third in the individual competition with an 8-over 152 (78-74) at Qualchan Golf Course in Spokane. Murphy’s Matthew Pabisz tied for 13th at 157 (80-77).

Liberty of Issaquah won the team title (120 points), and Patrick Azevedo of Othello took medalist honors with a 5-over-par 149 (73-76).

2A Girls

Bailey Dixon of Lakewood was the top local finisher, shooting a 192 (96-96) to finish 36th at Indian Canyon Golf Course in Spokane.

Kenedee Peters of Ephrata won the individual competition with a 4-over-par 146 (74-72), and East Valley of Yakima captured the team title.

1A Boys

South Whidbey had four golfers finish in the top 26 as the Falcons finished second in the team standings at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

Leading the way for South Whidbey was Anton Klein, who tied for 17th at 16-over 160 (79-81). Also earning points for the Falcons were Ian Sausucle (83-80—163, tied for 21st), Thorin Helmersen (83-81—164, 24th) and Ryan Wenzek (84-83—167, tied for 26th).

South Whidbey finished with 73.5 points, trailing only Cle Elum-Roslyn (81). Cle Elum-Roslyn’s Nick Baker shot a 2-under 142 (71-71), then defeated John Sand of Hoquiam in a playoff to capture medalist honors.

1A/2B/1B Girls

South Whidbey edged Saint George’s to win the team title, thanks to Kolby Heggenes’ runner-up finish after a two-round total of 167 (83-82) at Horn Rapids Golf Course in Richland.

The Falcons also had Riley Yale place 25th after shooting a 192 (97-95).

Kaysa Panke of Davenport carded a 152 (73-79) to win medalist honors.

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