MOSES LAKE — The last time Eastmont won the Big 9 Conference girls’ golf championship, the players on the current team were not even in school yet. Needless to say, it is a marvelous accomplishment.

With a second place finish at Big 9 POD#7 at Moses Lake on Monday, the Wildcats secured their long-awaited conference title.

“We haven’t won league in 12 years, so that was a nice deal for us, even though we were second today. Hopefully, we win the district tournament,” said Eastmont Head Coach Patrick Welch.

The team which wins the district tournament goes to State, as a team, which is something new this year. At districts, State entrants used to be selected by individual performances. So, the stakes are high for the team winning.

Welch feels he has the team to beat this year.

“We did win the league. We had six PODs this year. Davis won two, West Valley won two and we won two. It was pretty evenly matched throughout the season,” Welch said. “It’s pretty much anybody’s tournament. We’re working hard and trying our best to be better.”

Ball striking has been the greatest improvement for the Wildcats this year, Welch feels. They still need working on their short game, chipping and putting, so there will be an extra emphasis put on that this week and next.

The District Tournament will be hosted by Sunnyside at the Black Rock Creek Golf Club on Wednesday, May 15.

“It is a public course. There are trees but it is really flat. Small greens. We did really well there last year in our league match. We came in second in the match there earlier this year. Anything can happen,” Welch said.

Davis won Big 9 POD#7. Pirate senior Cassie Kim was medalist with a 71. This is the fourth year in a row she has won the conference. The Davis team score was 389. Eastmont shot 399 as a team.

Junior Emily Wentworth led the Wildcats with a 90. Junior Mia Parmley shot 100. Junior Tyna Burt shot 103, junior Maddie Piepel 106, junior Allison Theiler 115, sophomore Libby Gallaher 118.

Wentworth was second overall. Parmley and Burt were fourth and fifth. Piepel was 10th. For Wenatchee, freshman Lilli Moubray was tied for seventh. Junior Courtney Brown was tied for 13th.

West Valley was third with a 429, Wenatchee fourth 446, Sunnyside fifth 484, Eisenhower sixth 496. Moses Lake did not score as a team.

The State 4A Golf Tournament is May 21, 22 at Hangman Valley Golf Club in Spokane.

Ian Dunn: 664-7157