Five Cougar golfers will be playing for entries into this year’s State 1A Golf Championships this week when they and other players from the Northeast A league face off with competitors from the Caribou Trail League at the Chewelah Golf and Country Club.
The District Tournament was held at Sundance Golf Course in Spokane on Wednesday, May 8, where NEA golfers played 18 holes to determine the league’s entries into the regional tournament.
Chewelah qualified four boys and one girl to advance to this week’s regional tournament. Clint Long finished in second place with his low round of the year, shooting a 74. Josh Olson came in fourth with a score of 76. Matthew Chalmers finished in seventh place with a score of 85, and Nic Grimm also qualified among the top 19 with a score of 92.
Jamie Olson shot 109 and Mitchell Adkins shot 118 to miss the cut of 97.
The boys also finished in second place at the district tournament behind the district champion Lakeside.
Savanah McMillan finished with a score of 103 for fifth place in the girls’ division of the district tournament. She will be the lone Lady Cougar in this week’s regional action.
Amanda Pugh missed the cut by one stroke, shooting 117, and will be the NEA alternate to the regional tournament. Amanda won a three-way play-off on the first hole to qualify. Hannah Johnson shot a 119 and Jeannie Corbett a 128 to finish their seasons.
On Wednesday, May 1, Chewelah hosted Freeman for a dual league match. The boys won their close match by a score 473 – 476. Josh Olson was the medalist with a score of 76. He was followed by Long with a score of 83, Grimm 88, Chalmers 90, and Adkins 136.
The Cougar boys finished the league season in second place. Olson finished the league season with the lowest average, a 77.8, and will enter the district tournament ranked number one. Long finished the season with an 80.8 average for third place. Chalmers will be ranked tenth with an average of 88.0 and Grimm will be ranked eleventh with an 89.2 league average. All four boys now advance to the regional tournament this week here in Chewelah.
“I really believe all four have a great shot to make the state tournament,” said Coach Brian Harting.
McMillan was the girls’ medalist against Freeman with a score of 98. Hannah Johnson shot 110, Amanda Pugh shot 127, and Jeannie Corbett 139.
McMillan will enter the district tournament ranked third in league with an average of 102.8. Grimm finished the season ranked tenth with an average of 115.2, and Pugh was eleventh with an average of 117.0.
The Regional Golf Tournament was held in Chewelah on Tuesday, May 14. The top 19 boys and 11 girls will advance to the State Golf Tournament next week at Lake Spanaway Golf Course near Tacoma.
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff