VANCOUVER — There’s no doubt that rainy conditions had a negative impact on the Wenatchee Valley’s contingent of golfers competing at the state golf meets Tuesday.
The wet weather had an affect on the Eastmont and Wenatchee participants, in particular. Of the eight golfers from Wenatchee and Eastmont, only one — Wenatchee’s Carly Bozett — made the cut to play in today’s second round.
“It wasn’t a drizzle — it was constant, and it came down hard,” Panthers boys coach Stan Opp said. “Once the kids’ hands get cold, and the grips get wet and they get a chill in their bones, it’s hard.”
The local 4A golfers were effected even more because all of them had later tee times — the rain didn’t start to come until later in the day.
Bozett, a sophomore, shot a 91, which ended up being the cut number for the 4A girls tournament, held at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver.
“When she finished, she was a little frustrated with herself,” said Wenatchee coach Doug Merrill. “But we were optimistic. We knew that the girls coming in behind her had posted higher nine-hole scores. We had to wait until the very end to celebrate. Her goal was to make the cut, and now she gets to play on the second day. She’s played the course now in those conditions, and we’re hoping that she can find a way to drop a couple of strokes on both sides (today) and place in the 30s and separate herself from the last girls in the field.”
Wenatchee had four other girls participating Tuesday, but none of them made the cut — Kadi Freund (106), Gabe Jones (106), Emily Bofto (111) and Ali Brandt (112).
“To get a practice round (in on Monday) and then (Tuesday’s) round, it’s like having an extra season,” Merrill said. “The girls coming back next year will have the first-time jitters out. They’ll know what to expect and set some good goals for themselves.” At the 4A boys tournament, held at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, Wenatchee’s Wyatt Fraley shot an 84, and Brady Kuntz fired an 88. The cut line was 80.
“Wyatt enjoyed the course and took things in stride, even though he would’ve loved to have made the cut,” Opp said. “Brady hit a beautiful shot onto a green, and the club slipped out of his hands and flew into a swampy wasteland. After that he was swinging with caution, basically taking half-swings. They faced tough conditions because they teed off late. But both of them had good attitudes and enjoyed the experience.”
Eastmont sophomore Aaron Seabrook struggled with the weather as well, shooting a 94.
“When things go bad in a round, it’s tough to deal with the mental aspect of it,” Wildcats coach Dave Duffey said “We figured that 81 would be the cut number and seven out of 10 times, he would do that on a course like this, but it didn’t happen today. But he’s got two more shots (at the state tournament), and it was good for him to get here this year and see what it takes. The pressure (will be easier) to deal with next time.”
Ephrata’s Andrew Whalen fired the best score of any North Central Washington golfer Tuesday, firing a 71 at Chambers Bay in University Place. He’s sitting in second place after the first day, behind only Brady Calkins of W.F. West. The Tigers’ Bryan Heer missed the cut by one shot with an 87, and teammate Josh Johnson was one stroke back with an 88.
In the girls’ tournament, held at The Classic in Spanaway, Ephrata’s Kendall Sage and Katie Hilliard made the cut; Sage shot a 92 to tie for 13th place, and Hilliard posted a 95, tied for 18th.
Tressa Davis missed the cut, shooting 111.
Ryder Lewis of Omak shot a 76 at Lake Spanaway; he’s tied for seventh place, six shots behind first-day leader Ross Kukula of Ilwaco.
Chelan’s Ian Cowell shot a first-day 82 to tie for 25th place to make the cut.
Cascade’s Tyler Bain shot an 89, four strokes behind the cut line. Chelan’s Elijah Larson ended with an 89, while Goats teammate Zach Burchett had a 92. Omak’s Cameron Daigneau fired a 93, while Josh Schwint of Quincy posted a 96.
In the girls tournament, also held at Lake Spanaway, Chelan’s Sam Cooper tied for 11th with a first-day 88. Ana Baum of Okanogan was right behind with a 91.
Quin Cooper of Chelan missed the cut by two strokes with a 95. Quincy’s Shelby Bassett and Cascade’s Courtnee Cook carded 101s, and Chelan’s Casey Jackson posted a 103. Okanogan’s Vanessa Vanderweide fired a 105, and Omak’s Brianna Duff finished at 119.