Eight prep golfers from the Plateau – five Enumclaw High and three from White River – are competing this week in their respective state championship tournaments.
Five golfers find themselves in southwest Washington, having qualified for the Class 3A finale.et girls team, Maddie Pillo, Kadyn Eldridge and Faith Hardersen will play the Lewis River course in Woodland. The Hornet boys team is represented by Josh Erickson and Kolton Tinney, who will play the Tri-Mountain course in Ridgefield.
The state tournament begins today, Wednesday, and wraps up Thursday.
This marks the second state appearance for Pillo and Eldridge, both seniors, and Erickson, a sophomore.
Hardersen, a junior, shot 87 to win the girls spring qualifier May 19 at Gold Mountain’s Cascade Course and senior Tinney fired a 78 on the Olympic Course to finish third in the boys competition.
Pillo, Eldridge and Erickson had guaranteed their state berths at the conclusion of the fall regular season.
High school golf is played as a fall sport, with state tournaments in the spring. Both EHS programs won the South Puget Sound League 3A in the fall, each with a perfect 10-0 record.
The Hornet boys have earned 12 state trophies since 1976 and the Lady Hornets have come away with state hardware six times in the last seven years, including a state championship in 2008 and a third-place finish last year.
A trio of White River Hornets have earned the opportunity to play in the Class 2A state championships
Sydnee Scott shot a 99 during last week’s state qualifying tournament at Gold Mountain, advancing to state with her fourth-place finish. She joins teammate Maci Goethals, who had earned a state berth last fall. They begin state play today, Wednesday, at The Classic Golf Club in Spanaway.
The two helped the Lady Hornets to a 12-6 record during the fall regular season, good for a second-place tie in league play.
Ryan Kolisch is the only golfer from the White River boys program to earn a state appearance. He qualified last week by shooting at 83, also at the Gold Mountain complex.
The boys tourney begins today, Wednesday, at the Chamber’s Bay course in University Place.
The regular season was a successful one for the Hornet boys, who finished 12-2 and tied for first place with Sumner.