RICHLAND — Quinton Borseth chose a great time to shoot his best round of the year.
The Stanwood Spartans senior fired a 4-under 68, tying him for the lead during the opening-round of the Class 3A boys state tournament Tuesday at Columbia Point Golf Course.
“Being on a big stage at state I think he just got laser focused and things worked out for him,” Stanwood coach Scott Bates said. “He has played well this season and has struggled at times, but I think with this being his last opportunity he is focused on making it happen.”
Borseth has improved every year since he was a freshman state alternate. His sophomore year he qualified for state but didn’t make the cut and last year he placed 17th. He’ll be looking to fend off Redmond’s Connor Golembeski, who also finished with a 68, as well as a host of other golfers during Wednesday’s final round.
While Bates said he spent much of Tuesday’s round watching and coaching his other Stanwood player, Cole Weiderstrom, the Spartans coach said Borseth told him he was automatic on short putts and didn’t leave many shots on the course.
Wednesday’s round should produce drastically different weather conditions than the 94 degrees and calm winds golfers faced Tuesday. Bates said temperatures are expected to drop 20 degrees and winds are predicted to rise, which will make low scores a greater challenge.
“He will have to be mentally ready, and if that shows up and he can be pretty consistent and doesn’t try to do too much, he should have a good round tomorrow,” Bates said.
Weiderstrom will also be playing Wednesday after finishing with a 77. Arlington teammates Connor Stephens (76) and Cody Oakes (77) and Everett duo Austin Duffy (73) and Josef Koznek (75) also made the cut, as did Snohomish’s Nolan Armbruster (76) and Shorecrest’s Alex Saunders (78).
LIBERTY LAKE — Kamiak’s Devin Kim, Alvin Kwak and Tanner Mohr made the cut during the first round of the Class 4A state tournament Tuesday at Liberty Lake Golf Course, keeping the Knights in contention for a team title when play resumes Wednesday.
Kim will also be chasing an individual title. The Kamiak sophomore fired a 68, ending day one tied for fourth place. He trails Olympia’s Riley Killip, the first-day leader, by two shots.
Kwak shot a 74, Mohr shot a 75 and Alex Kim registered an 81 and didn’t make the day-one cut of 77. Glacier Peak’s Tyler Spalti, who shot a 73 and finished tied for 17th, was the only other area golfer to make the cut. Jackson’s Jordan Brajcich (78) and Lake Stevens’ Josh Selby (80) and Jake Rasmussen (90) didn’t advance to day two.
LIBERTY LAKE — Kamiak’s Jane Kim and Annette Vo and Lake Stevens’ Anna Lundquist highlighted round one of the Class 4A state tournament Tuesday at MeadowWood Golf Course in Liberty Lake. The trio were the only three, of eight local qualifiers, to make the cut set at 83.
Kim ended day one in a tie for 12th, shooting a 78, while teammate Vo shot an 80 and finished tied for 21st. Lundquist fired a 79, which tied her for 16th place. Glacier Peak’s Kiersten Lee (92) and Brenna Bullard (94), Kamiak’s Rachel Ponting (84) and Regina Park (90) and Jackson’s Serena Nguyen (97) didn’t advance to Wednesday’s final round.
KENNEWICK — Despite sending 17 local golfers to the Class 3A state tournament, the odds are long anyone will be bringing home an individual title at the conclusion of Wednesday’s final round at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick.
Shorewood’s Haley Wong was the top area finisher, ending day one tied for ninth place after shooting an 80 on Tuesday. That was 16 shots back of Central Kitsap’s Brittany Kwon, who led after day one.
Other area golfers who made the cut of 93 included Shorecrest’s Jac Longstreth (82), Snohomish’s Vreni Todd (83) and Annika Roberts (93), Marysville Pilchuck’s Katelynn Melohusky, Edmonds-Woodway’s Frances Monahan (92) and Marysville Getchell’s Abbie Braun (93).
SPOKANE — Archbishop Murphy’s Jack McClincy headlined three Wildcats who made the first-round cut during the Class 2A state tournament Tuesday at the Creek at Qualchan Golf Course in Spokane.
McClincy shot a 78, which tied him for 13th place. He’ll enter Wednesday’s final round five shots off the lead. Teammates Matthew Pabisz (80) and Steve Shih (81) finished tied for 21st and 25th, respectively. Cedarcrest’s Steven VanValkenburg also shot an 80. Archbishop Murphy’s Fulton Brawner shot an 87, missing the cut of 84.
SPOKANE — Cedarcrest’s Casey Spurr and Lakewood’s Bailey Dixon survived day one of the Class 2A state tournament Tuesday, making the cut of 97 at Indian Canyon Golf Course in Spokane.
Spurr shot a 93 and finished the day tied for 30th, while Dixon’s 96 placed her in a tie for 37th. The pair were the only area state qualifiers.
PASCO — Grayson Giboney of King’s shot a 73 during the first round of the Class 1A state tournament Tuesday at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco, which sends him into Wednesday’s final round five shots off the lead and tied for ninth place.
Giboney was one of six area golfers who made the cut of 85. All four of South Whidbey’s golfers advanced to the final round. Anton Klein shot a 79, Thorin Helmersen and Ian Saunsaucie registered 83s and Ryan Wenzek shot an 84. Cedar Park Christian’s Hunter Morgan shot an 81 and also made the cut of 85.
Sultan’s Carson Smith (87) and King’s Alex Lunberg (92) and Davis Coats (94) saw their seasons come to an end.
RICHLAND — South Whidbey’s Kolby Heggenes shot an opening-round 85, which was good for sixth place during day one of the Class 1B/2B/1A state tournament Tuesday at Horn Rapids Golf Course in Richland.
King’s Emily Burdett (90) and South Whidbey’s Riley Yale (97) were the only other area golfers to make the cut of 100.
South Whidbey’s Emily Turpin (102) and Chloe Johnson (119), King’s Elle Mason (118) and Ava Mason (122), Cedar Park Christian’s Emma Tumbleson (117) and Sultan’s Aranza Chavez Gonzalez (127) had their seasons come to a close.
RICHLAND — Neither Trenton McKinney nor Jordan Harris made the cut during the opening round of the Class 1B/2B state tournament Tuesday at Horn Rapids Golf Course in Richland.
The Grace Academy duo were the only local state qualifiers. McKinney, who shot an 89, just missed the cut of 87, and Harris shot a 108.