The girls on Lewis and Clark golf team put themselves in position to win a State 4A championship Wednesday at Pasco’s Sun Willows Golf Course with Chessey Thomas again leading the way.
Thomas, who breezed to the District 8 title two weeks ago, shot a 1-under-par 71 on the 5,640-yard course, and is tied for second going into today’s final round. She trails Kamiak’s See Hee Moon by two.
The Tigers put four golfers into the top 14 in their attempt to improve on last year’s seventh-place finish. Freshman Megan Haase’s 74 left her alone in seventh, while Sydney Kersten’s 76 tied for ninth. Senior Emily Travis rounded out the LC contingent with a 79, the same score posted by Gonzaga Prep’s Elaine Whaley. The sixth Greater Spokane League representative, University’s Kaitlen Parsons, shot a 77 and is tied for 11th.
No GSL school had as a good a showing at the 4A boys tournament, held at Kennewick’s Canyon Lakes GC, though U-Hi’s Hank Frame is tied for second.
Frame, who won the District 8 title in a one-hole playoff with LC’s Justin Haase, shot a 1-under 71 on the 7,026-yard course and trails Eastlake’s Kevin Penner by three strokes.
Ferris’ Garrett Howard is in seventh after a 73, followed by Mead’s Matt Penny, who’s 75 tied him for 13th.
LC’s duo of Haase (78) and Christian Alfaro (79) also made the cut.
Play continues this morning. Individual and team titles will be decided. In other classifications:
•3A: At Meadow Springs in Richland, Savana Bezdicek of Mt. Spokane was in third place with a 74, seven strokes behind leader Katrina Hegge of Seattle Prep. No GSL boy was in the top 10.
•2A: Tyler Carlson of Clarkston, with a 73 for seventh place, led Great Northern League golfers at the tournament at Apple Tree GC in Yakima. Kelsey Dutton of Deer Park and Paige Whidbe of Pullman are tied for ninth at 83 for the girls.
•1A: Dylan Maine of Freeman shot a 72 and was in a five-way tie for eighth at Columbia Point GC in Richland. The top Northeast A girl was Alyssa Maine of Freeman. Her 90 was good for seventh place.
•2B/1B: Three Northwest Christian golfers were in the top 10 in the boys competition as the Crusaders’ bid for their fourth state championship in five years. Jared Descoteaux of NWC led the field at Tri-City CC in Kennewick with a 68, a stroke ahead of Craig Crawford of Highland Christian. Nick Mattox was tied for eighth at 75 with Jeff Gullikson at 79, good for a tie for 10th. Allison Reed was the top area girl in 10th place with a 95.