YAKIMA — The Eastmont girls golf team will be well represented at next week’s Class 4A state tournament.
Hillary Seabrook and Haley Lipp both qualified for state, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, at the Columbia Basin Big Nine’s district tournament Monday at Yakima Elks Golf Club.
The duo’s finishes helped Eastmont take second — behind champion Richland and its five state qualifiers — but five strokes ahead of third-place Wenatchee.
The Panthers were led by Jordan Takasugi, who took third to qualify for state.
Seabrook shot an 86, while Lipp had a personal-best 88 for the Wildcats. The two juniors both qualified for their first state tournament.
“I’m thrilled to have two girls make it to state,” Eastmont coach Pat Welch said. “Hillary played very consistent all day long. … I think Haley drove the ball real well today, probably the best she’s ever driven.”
Eastmont was hurt by the disqualification of Brandi Gilstrap, who would have qualified for state with an 89 but had a scorecard error.
Takasugi, a sophomore, shot an 85 to qualify for state for the first time.
“Her putter really saved her,” Wenatchee coach Doug Merrill said of Takasugi. “The rest of her game was OK, but it was her putting that really helped her out today.”
Merrill was more than satisfied with the Panthers’ finish.
“I just feel great for all the girls. They’ve just continually gotten better,” he said. “It’s great to be up in that three spot.”
At Three Lakes/Highlander
Eastmont’s Spencer Ellis shot a 3-under 66 over 18 holes at Three Lakes, then shot a 4-over 76 at Highlander to finish second and clinch a spot at state.
“He hit the ball just solid all day long. He was hitting lots of greens, but he couldn’t get any birdie putts down,” Eastmont coach Dave Duffey said of Ellis, who led the tournament after the first 18 holes. “He’s coming on at the right time. If he plays the way he played this week he’ll do great (at state).”
Wenatchee’s Chase Miller had a 71 at Three Lakes and a 77 at Highlander to claim the Panthers’ lone state berth.
“(Miller) hung in there. He played really well at Three Lakes, but he got to No. 15 at Highlander and triple-bogeyed it,” Wenatchee coach Stan Opp said.
Pasco shocked the field by winning its first tournament team title of the year. Richland, which dominated the regular season, slid to fourth, while Wenatchee was sixth and Eastmont was seventh.