Griffin Stroyan, JR Steele and Jennah Earl will be represented Jenkins High School this week at the Washington State 1A Golf Tournament at Liberty Lake. The trio advanced through sub-district and district qualifying meets over the past two weeks and now will competed in the season finale Tuesday and Wednesday.
Stroyan led the Chewelah boys with a score of 80 on the Hangman course last Tuesday, May 17 at districts. His nine-hole scores were 39 and 41. He had five pars and birdied hole number 4, a 374-yard par 4, on the front side. Coming in, he had three pars and birdied number 12, a 404-yard par 4.
Griffin finished in second place for the two days with a score of 183.
The sub-district and district scores were added together to determine the seeding to state.
Steele finished in sixth place with a two-day total of 177. On Tuesday he scored 90, with nines of 43 and 47. He got off to a great start with pars on his first two holes. He finished the front with five pars and a birdie. He birdied number 5, which is a 610-yard par 5. The back nine, however, proved more difficult for Steele. He managed only two pars and shot 47.
Earl shot the low score for the Chewelah girls. Her score of 104 gave her a two-day total of 205, placing her tied for fifth on the leaderboard. Her two nines were 51 and 53.
“The Hangman course is pretty long for the girls,” explained Coach Brian Harting, “which caused the scores to rise a little.”
KorieLynn Atwood-Gertsch shot 109, with nines of 50 and 59, and placed ninth. She will be the alternate for the girls at state. Owen Baldwin shot 108 and finished in 19th place. His two nines were 53 and 55 in district play.
Garrett Allen shot 105 and finished in 23rd place. His nines were 54 and 51.
Bryce Harris shot 112 and finished in 24th place. His nines were 58 and 54.
The Northeast-A League had 13 boys’ and 8 girls’ entries into this year’s State 1A Tournament.
“The boys’ team improved nicely throughout the season,” said Coach Harting. “I am really proud of all of them. They were playing their best golf at the right time. We finished second in two of the last three league matches and then finished second as a team at districts.
“The inexperience of our last three boys kind of showed at the end. They did a great job and hung in there for the team score, but individually they just need more practice playing at different courses in the area. I watched them making good decisions and trying to make the right shot several times during their rounds. It just didn’t work out every time.”
The Cougar girls finished in sixth place at district last week.
By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff