(GENO LUDWIG/Chewelah Independent)
CAN’T STOP THE COUGARS: Chewelah girls win the 2019 Northeast 2B League Championship…
The Chewelah girls’ golf team won the 2019 Northeast B League championship last week at the Stoneridge Golf Course after winning all of the season’s four conference matches. The Cougar girls won the final match with a team total of 413. They also learned this week that they were named the 2B Academic State Champions with a team GPA of 3.705
At the league championship meet, Avery Arnold led the girls with a second place score of 91, shooting a 42 on the front nine and 49 coming back to the clubhouse.
“Avery had a great front nine,” said Coach Brian Harting. “She had four pars including the really tough eighth hole, which she started on in the shotgun format.”
Becca Bennett placed third with a consistent 18-hole round, playing the front nine in 48 strokes and the back nine in 49 swings.
“Becca is playing very well for her first year of competitive golf,” said Harting. “She is also playing softball, so her schedule is pretty packed. She is getting off the tee well and keeping her ball in play. With a little more practice time and experience on her short game, her scores are going to really drop.”
Jayci Earl finished fourth with a score of 100, divided into two equal halves of 50.
“Jayci played very steady,” Harting explained. “She parred the first and fourth holes on the front nine. She also spaced out several bogeys throughout her round.”
Alison Brashler completed the team effort with a score of 125.
Kailee Parrott and Payton Burya both played nine holes and shot 68 and 69, respectively.
Blake Burya shot a 108 to lead the Chewelah boys. Joey Jones shot 124, and Bryant Roy had a 119.
“The highlight for the boys was Joey’s birdie on hole number 10,” said Harting.
“The boys are making progress and improving each week. The short season though made it hard for them to improve enough to make it to the sub-district tournament.”
On Thursday, a few of the kids went to Ritzville to play in a 9-hole JV match. It was designed to give some of the players who didn’t get a chance to compete in all of the varsity matches another chance to get out and play and gain some on-course experience.
“Ritzville is a shorter course than the kids usually play on,” Harting said, “so it gives them a chance to hit some lower scores.”
For the boys, Burya shot 46, Jones shot 55, and Roy also had a 55. For the girls, Bennett had a 44 with four straight pars on holes six through nine, and Brooklyn Bender shot 66.
This week, the 1A/2B/1B girls’ sub-district and 2B/1B boys sub-district tournaments were held Monday at Deer Park. The top 28 girls and 22 boys will advance to the District 7 tournament next Monday at MeadowWood Golf Course in Liberty Lake.
“We have six girls and one boy representing Chewelah in Deer Park,” said Harting. “The players get seeded based on the league scores. Avery will go in as a number 2, Becca number 3, Jayci number 4 and Tessa number 8 seeds. These four girls have all been very competitive in our league all season. But, since the girls combine with the 1As at sub-district we will have to see how we match up with golfers from the Northeast A League. Alison, Kailee and Blake will have to play their best golf of the season to advance. All three are seeded outside the top 20, but hopefully will be in the hunt on Monday.”