It was a mixed day for Greater Spokane League boys golfers Tuesday in the first round of the State 4A golf tournament at The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course.
All three Mead High School participants made it through to the second day, led by Evan Dyar’s 3-over-par 75. Dyar is five strokes behind individual leader Dom Francks (70).
But if the Panthers are going to win a state title for the first time since 1993, when they recorded their third consecutive title, they’ll have to overcome seven teams that also moved three or more players into today’s second round. That includes Tacoma’s Bellarmine Prep, which had five players make the cut, one of which is defending champion James Feutz, who shot 76.
The team championship is based on a point total accumulated by each player’s finish.
“If you have five guys like Bellarmine, you have an advantage,” Mead coach Paul Peters said. “But it’s also tightly bunched.”
Eastlake teammates Li Wang and Evan Alston tied for second with first-day 71s over the 6,599-yard course.
Joining Dyar in today’s final round are teammates Aaron Henderson (76) and Stephen Thoen (at the cut line of 79). District 8 tournament champion Robby McKee of Lewis and Clark birdied the first hole but struggled with his putting and shot 78.
Ferris’ Eric Ansett (82) and Camus Chapman (85) and Mark Beck (82) of Central Valley all missed the cut.
In 4A girls play at Downriver, Lewis and Clark’s Megan Haase was in fourth place after the first day with an even-par 72 – two strokes off the pace set by Kentwood’s Catherina Li.
Haase’s teammate Sydney Kersten (77) was 10th, followed by Mead’s Kristen Hansen (79), who was in a three-way tie for 13th.
3A: Zack Spencer of Mt. Spokane was the only GSL golfer within striking distance after the first round of play at MeadowWood.
Pasco’s Samson Martinez blistered the course for a 5-under 67 to forge a two-shot lead. Spencer carded a 2-over 74 and is in a four-way tie for 15th place.
In girls action at Liberty Lake, Mt. Spokane’s Sierra Bezdicek is in fourth place after opening with a 2-over 74.
Rachel Lewis of Peninsula and Shorewood’s Cassie McKinley share the first-round lead with 71s. Savanna Bezdicek, Sierra’s sister, is tied for 16th with an 85.
2A: Clarkston’s Tyler Carlson was the lone area player for the boys to remain in the hunt after the first day of play at The Classic Golf Club in Spanaway.
Carlson produced a 7-over 79 and enters the final day of play seven shots behind leader Andrew Kennedy of Interlake.
In the girls tournament at Lake Spanaway Golf Course, Pullman’s Paige Whidbee shares the first-round lead with Steilacoom’s Cherokee Kim after shooting a 2-under 72.
It looks to be a three-horse race heading into today’s final round. Lauren Atkinson of Burlington-Edison is two shots behind the leaders, but the rest of the field trails the leaders by nine strokes or more.
1A: Jess Wingett of Freeman is three strokes off the pace after the first round at The Home Course in Dupont.
Wingett finished with a 2-over 74 and sits alone in fourth place. Brett Johnson of Ridgefield is the leader after carding a 1-under 71. Two players are tied for second with 73s.
In the girls tournament, also at The Home Course, Colville’s Megan Ray and Freeman’s Alyssa Maine closed the first round with top-10 efforts but remain well off the pace of the front-runners.
Ray is in a three-way tie for sixth after shooting 83, while Maine is alone in ninth at 84.
Kristen Rue of Life Christian Academy leads with a 2-under 70. Life Christian Academy has four girls in the top eight.
2B/1B: Ryan Baumgart of DeSales has the biggest first-round lead of all of the classifications.
Baumgart carded a 3-over 74 at Meadow Park Golf Course in Lakewood and leads runner-up Elie Aboulafia by four strokes.
Casey Brown of Tekoa-Oakesdale is in a two-way tie for fifth after shooting 82. Odessa’s Alex Hatten is another shot back and tied for seventh.
It will be a wide-open final round in the girls tournament, also at Meadow Park.
Rainier Christian’s Kimberley Brumfield is the leader after posting a 12-over 85.
Odessa’s Kira Powell is second, one stroke off the pace. St. John-Endicott’s Erin Schuster is third at 88 with her sister Michal another shot back and in a three-way tie for fourth.