CHELAN — On a cloudy drizzly day at the Lake Chelan Golf Club on Tuesday, the Chelan boys, and Cascade girls came out on top in the Caribou Trail League/District 6 Championships.
The Cascade girls, Emma Halseth, Emma Nielson, Natalie Craig, and Carly Ostrem shot 508 as a team, besting Chelan, Kaylin Boykin, Andrea Villa, Katie Rainville, and Sydnee Collins, who shot 539. Riverside Christian, a B school, was the District champion, shooting 465 as a team. Cascade was the CTL champ.
“We beat Chelan, which was a big goal. Our goal over the year was to beat Chelan because that is the only team that can score against us. They beat up on us earlier in the year,” said Cascade Head Coach Randy Alexander. “I had a couple of new girls start this year. One was Carly Ostrem. She is the story. She just started golf this year and improved enough to get moved up to varsity. She had a high score (172), but she picked up the game and loved it. She was my fourth person to score.”
Senior Jessica Vye of Riverside Christian was the medalist with a 98. Junior Emma Halseth of Cascade was second with a 99. Junior Kaylin Boykin of Chelan was third with a 108. Junior Emma Nielson of Cascade was fourth with a 116.
Halseth and Nielson of Cascade qualified for State, while Boykin qualified for Chelan.
“Kaylin has been up and down all season long. Coming in with a 108, I was surprised she made it. You look at the scores after her and they drop off pretty fast. Pretty happy she got third place with that score. Hopefully, she’ll have a better tournament. She is capable. Just needs a little confidence,” said Chelan Head Coach Kirk Einspahr.
Alexander said the tournament came down to the performance of his top three players against Chelan’s top three.
“We beat them by 15-20 strokes so that was way cool. It was a good way to finish the league season. Really happy for them,” Alexander said. “Emma Halseth and Emma Neilson played well. Natalie Craig played well. We did it as a team.”
The State 1A Golf Tournament for girls is next week at the Tumwater Golf Club in Tumwater.
The Chelan boys won the League and District tiles with a team score of 375. Okanogan shot 392. Neither Cascade nor Omak had enough players to score as a team.
Einspahr said he was pretty excited about beating Okanogan.
“We knew it would be a pretty good battle between us and Okanogan. We lost to Okanogan by 20 strokes at their place. I knew it was going to be a tough one for us,” Einspahr said. “We ended up beating them by 17 strokes. I was pretty happy about that. Getting three guys to State is great.”
For Chelan, sophomore Miles Grossberg shot 81, which was second to Billy Norvill of Okanogan who shot an 80. Freshman Joey Gaspar shot 90, which was third. Sophomore Parker Brown shot 101, which was seventh.
Playing on their home course was a factor in their victory, Einspahr said.
“I think it helped but I’m not sure how much. That was probably part of the equation. We’ve been playing better lately as well. We had such a crazy spring. We started out pretty darn slow from that,” he said. “In the last couple of weeks, we’ve been playing quite a bit better. It has been showing in our scores against other teams.”
Grossberg was just one shot off tying for medalist. Einspahr said his score is impressive considering how he started his round.
“He really had to work hard because on the first tee because he overcorrected. He was hitting them right on the range beforehand. He overcorrected and hit it into a tree by the ladies tee. He topped the next shot. The number hole is a par five,” he said. “I was really surprised he made a bogey after that because he already had three shots before the other guys got to their first ball. If he would have started out better, that could have made the difference winning or tying.”
Also making State, from Cascade, Isaac Cortes, who shot 100 to finish sixth.
“My grandson Isaac played good. He struggled but he made it. He shot 100, which was not his best score, but we’re going. That is the main thing. Now we’re going to be working on our game,” Alexander said of Cortes.
The State 1A Boys Tournament is next week at the Olympia Country and Club in Olympia. Chelan’s Grossberg made State last year and advanced to the second day. Einspahr is hoping for an even better State experience.
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